Providing integrative complementary health services free of charge to qualified Albertans


Acupuncture & Moxibustion

The effects of acupuncture and moxibustion have been studied and documented extensively worldwide.

Acupuncture and moxibustion have been found to be beneficial in addressing chronic pain, mental stress, anxiety, depression, non-medication pain relief, and substance abuse.


Dietary Therapy

Studies have shown that alteration of a diet can help to prevent or treat diseases and promote optimum health.

For example, numerous studies have shown the benefits of using magnesium as a therapeutic supplementation on patients with depression or anxiety.


Mind-body Exercise

The goal of the mind-body exercise is to connect one’s thoughts to positively influence their physical conditions.

Mind-body exercise has been found to be beneficial on improving quality of life, sleep quality for people with chronic illnesses, enhancing cognitive and memory function for patients with mild cognitive impairments, improving exercise capability and pulmonary function of COPD patients, improving blood pressure for hypertension patients, alleviating anxiety, depression, distress, and fatigue in cancer patients.

The CHIP program focuses on Baduanjin Qigong exercise, which has been found to be able to significantly improve the mental health of youth, college students, and the elderly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CHIP? What does CHIP do?

C.H.I.P. is a publicly funded evidence-based and research-centered Complementary Health Integration Project aiming to assist Albertans who need help on pain, mental health, and addiction issues.

Are CHIP services free?

CHIP services are complimentary for qualified Albertans.

How to qualify?

  • Over the age of 55, or under the age of 24.
  • Experiencing pain, mental health, or addiction issues.
  • Complete pre-screening questionnaires

Why Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)?

Interest in CAM has been growing as more benefits being unlocked by scientific studies. Applied properly, CAM can be a effective complement in assisting public health.


Help is here

If you are under the age of 24, or over the age of 55, and experiencing pain, mental health, or addiction issues, you might be qualified for Free Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments, including Acupuncture and Moxibustion treatment, Diet Therapy, and Baduanjin Qigong therapy.

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