James Kaufman

Owner and Head Acupuncturist of the Okanagan Acupuncture Centre

I’ve always been interested in alternative medicine and wellness. I first became acquainted with acupuncture in my early twenties. I was dealing with sports injuries and went to see a Chinese medicine practitioner for help. The results were amazing; I could not believe how effective acupuncture was. But what got me hooked was when I started to notice other things- my sleep improved, my energy was better, and I started feeling better as a whole. It was in learning about Chinese medicine and the many ways in which it can help us heal and then keep us healthy, that I knew I wanted to be in this field not only for my own wellbeing, but to be able to share with others as well.

In 2006, I graduated from the 4-year Practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. My schooling included in-depth training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and principles of disease and diagnosis in the Chinese medical system. The prestigious school is highly reputed in North America and I  was fortunate to have for guidance many excellent teachers trained in China.

In 2008, I became the owner and Head Acupuncturist of the Okanagan Acupuncture Centre. My practice in Kelowna has given me a wealth of experience working with chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as complex health conditions that Western medicine finds difficult to treat. Because of the widespread prevalence of pain conditions, I have pursued additional specialized training in sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. I use a combination of trigger points (also called IMS or motor points) and Traditional Chinese acupuncture techniques to achieve more lasting relief of chronic and acute pain.

In Chinese medicine, health is a sum of your genetic constitution and your health history and how you interact with the world around you. It includes what and how you eat, your work, your stress levels, your relationships, your age, your mental health, and where you live. It means adapting our lifestyle as we grow older to honour our aging bodies and changing health needs. It means respecting the environment we live in and adapting our diet and behavior to the seasons. It means having an awareness of our mental and emotional health and how they impact our overall wellbeing and the development of disease.

Chinese medicine is an amazing and powerful system of health and healing. A traditional Chinese acupuncturist is more like a family doctor than a physical therapist. Our training and expertise in diagnosing and treating internal health problems ranges from digestive disorders to insomnia, migraines, menopausal symptoms, and chronic health conditions; from pediatrics to geriatrics. Many of my patients are new to acupuncture, and you will find that acupuncture can be both gentle and relaxing.

Even after many years of practice and over 20,000 treatments worth of experience, I continue to be awed by Chinese medicine’s ability to heal. I look forward to sharing these healing tools with you, so that you too can prosper in health.

~James Kaufman


Full Name:

James Kaufman


Registered Acupuncturist

Training In:
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis & treatment principles
  • Acupuncture & meridian theory and point selection
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • TCM nutrition therapy
  • TCM therapeutic massage
  • Healing qi gong
  • Chen style tai chi
  • Acupuncture Sports Medicine: Anatomically Significant Points of the Upper and Lower Extremity : Whitfield Reaves
  • Acupuncture Sports Medicine: Treatment of Stiff Neck and Levator Scapulae : Whitfield Reaves
  • Acupuncture Sports Medicine: Acupuncture Treatment of Pain in the Lower Extremity : Whitfield Reaves
  • Sports Medicine Acupuncture: Low Back and Hip: Posture and Injury : Matt Callison
  • Sports Medicine Acupuncture: Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries : Matt Callison
  • Sports Medicine Acupuncture: Assessment and Treatment of Neck and Shoulder Injuries : Matt Callison
Experience In:
  • Sports injuries
  • Acute & chronic pain
  • Motor vehicle accidents & whiplash
  • Shingles & trigeminal neuralgia
  • Stroke
  • Hormonal imbalances (menopause & PMS)
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Insomnia & sleeping problems
  • Mood disorders & depression
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Asthma & allergies
Member of:
  • College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupunturists of British Columbia. (CTCMA)