Nanaimo Acupuncture Clayton Willoughby

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Clayton Willoughby

Registered Acupuncturist

I've been in practice since 2004 after two years of Nursing school, four years of Chinese Medicine schooling and several trips to China for internship & mentoring. Since 2008 I've organised and run programs on a voluteer basis with Island Health providing free acupuncture treatment in mental health & addiction programs in Nanaimo.

The number of people living with chronic pain is increasing but a lot of treatments and services are unavailable to many of them due to rising costs. This is why I continue with extensive training to provide more effective treatment options and try to keep these services at affordable costs. Over the past couple decades, I've studied many different ways of practicing acupuncture to not just treat pain but to improve the overall health of the body.

I currently represent Vancouver Island on the board of the BC Association of TCM & Acupuncture Practitioners and is a member of the Nanaimo Senior Services Network. In the past, I've donated services in support of the Haven Society, Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre, Loaves & Fishes as well as for the Stz'uminus and Snuneymuxw First Nations. Health care is a service; not for large financial gains, what I like to see is the social dividends of the people in this community live healthier lives.

I treat a lot of pain including:

  • Tight & sore muscles anywhere in the body
  • Neck pain, especially with headaches/migraine and grinding teeth
  • Low back pain, sciatica & degenerative disc disease
  • Joint pain: carpal tunnel, elbow pain & frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis & foot pain
  • Neurological pain from pinched or inflamed nerves
  • Recovery from motor vehicle collisions
  • Injury from martial arts, dance, sports and other activities
  • Post surgical recovery

As well as internal medical issues:

  • Reproductive health (fertility & menstrual health)
  • Pregnancy care, labour support and post partum recovery
  • Digestive health
  • Respiratory conditions (asthma, sleep apnoea)
  • Emotional & mental health


Malaspina University-College (VIU) - Nursing (2 years of 4 completed)
ICTCM - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Stenberg College - Phlebotomy

Professional Affiliations

CTCMA - Registered Acupuncturist in BC
ATCMA - Vancouver Island Board Rep (2017-present)
ARIABC - Professional Member
NSSN - Professional Member

Certifications & Training

Point Injection Levels 1-3
Prolotherapy Levels 1-2

PainBC - Ongoing training for chronic pain management
NADA - Acupuncture Detox
Robert Doane - Distal Needling Acupuncture
Richard Tan - Balance Method Acupuncture
Matsumoto Kiiko - Japanese Acupuncture
Mizutani Junji - Japanese Moxibustion
Susan Johnson - Dong Family Acupuncture
Huang Lichun - Auricular Acupuncture
Jimmy Chang - Pulsynergy (Pulse Diagnosis)