Dr. Tan Shen - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
phone: 604-669-8865
cell: 604-618-0568
Chinese Version / 中文


I happened across this place by chance as it was in the same building as a specialist I had seen that day. I suffer from extreme anxiety and was not feeling ok to get in my car and drive home. I passed Burrard Accupuncture on my way to the elevator and turned back. Luck was on my side and Dr Tan Shen was available to do a treatment for me right then. I was amazed after my treatment at how much better I felt! I’ve continued with treatments and am finding with Accupuncture as well as the herbs Dr Tan Shen reccomends i am improving all the time and don’t need medication to manage my anxiety. Dr Tan Shen has a wonderful bedside manner and makes you feel at ease and cared for. I believe in the benefits of these treatments as I am seeing results with continued dedication to treatments. I am so grateful to Dr Tan Shen for the improvements with my anxiety and health generally. I’m so happy I stumbled across this place and highly recommend!

- Faern -

It is with great pleasure that I write a recommendation note for Dr. Tan Shen today. I have been a patient of Dr. Tan Shen for more than 12 years now. Some of the reasons I go to see her for are headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and lately, for swelling due to a broken ankle after surgery. Dr. Tan Shen has a small heaven of wellness on Burrard Street. As soon as I enter the office I feel relaxed and cared for by her. Dr. Tan Shen always ensures that I am comfortable in the room with soft music, heat lamps if needed and appropriate lighting. On many occasions just a couple of visits will do the trick. And that is why I am going back time after time when I have any kind of health issue. The best treatments have been the ones for my sinus problems; usually just one treatment is all it takes to clear it all up again. In addition, I appreciate her gentle nature and good sense of humor.

- Sabina -

Dr. Shen is an excellent acupuncturist and I cannot recommend her services highly enough! She is very knowledgeable and also has a very warm and compassionate personality. After suffering for over 5 years with very painful menstrual issues, Dr. Shen's treatments and herbs have completely fixed those issues in a matter of months. I am so grateful to have met her!

- Valerie -

Would like to say a big thank you to Doctor Tan Shen. She is professional and passionate about her job. I have done a numerous treatments there to solve my stomach issues. If you are looking for amazing results- this is the best place to go. She dedicates herself to give you the best service and work around your concerns. I highly recommend!

- Polina -

Dr. Tan Shen is really a great TCM and Acupuncturist. I have been seeing her for several months to treat my anxiety and to level off my hormones. She is knowledgeable and very kind and I am grateful to have had her during my time of healing.

- Miki -

I went to Dr. Shen to increase my vitality and decrease arthritis and other pain. 10 sessions later and I'm feeling much better. She is so skilled and caring; I will definitely recommend her to others.

- Stephanie -

Great acupuncturist who always satisfies my needs. I feel so calm and relaxed during and after the session. She really understand problem and it has been helpfully every time I see her. I have been seeing Dr. Shen for over 3 years now and I am so lucky that she is located in downtown!

- Marija -

Dr. Tan Shen is a fantastic practitioner. Every aspect of what she does is carefully considered, caring and professional. She has a wonderful warm manner that puts you at ease and makes you feel comfortable as you explain your issue/area of concern. After she takes some detailed notes and goes over her suggested treatment plan, she then also takes care to explain what she is doing - and why - as she is placing the needles at your points. I have truly benefited from being her patient, and would highly recommend her to anyone considering acupuncture treatment. Thank you Dr. Shen!

- Mylene -

I highly recommend acupuncture for migraine treatment. I'm having such a good experience with Dr. Shen, she is always concerned about my well-being and I really trust in her knowledge, one of the best acupuncturist I ever met. The clinic is spotless, tide and clean.

- Abilene -

I have had chronic migraine headaches for my entire life. Dr. Shen steered me back to balance within weeks so that finally I could experience living without the constant threat of a migraine. This has changed my life. Dr. Shen does not waver; she goes right to work - efficiently and effectively tonifying and balancing the energy systems of the body. Dr. Shen's demeanor is very gentle and kind. She is always very positive, giving you little gems of advice and encouragement. I found I should listen very closely to her and take her words to heart. From China, Dr. Shen went to work in the U.K. before making her way to Vancouver. Had Dr. Shen I feel very fortunate that I was able to find a Doctor of Chinese Medicine of such high regard in Vancouver and I am very grateful to Dr. Shen for her very ethical and high quality work.

- Barbara -

Dr. Tan Shen has a gentle, charming and understanding manner and after three sessions I am happy to say she was able to relieve my severe back pain. Can highly recommend her.

- Brian -

I have been going to see Dr. Shen for headaches and nausea in addition to muscle pains in my neck and back. Within one acupuncture session I was noticed a significant improvement! My headaches and nausea was less intense and finally left me some relief that same evening.

Upon several visits, my energy levels increased and my nausea almost completely disappeared. The pain in my neck and back were also less intense after a month of consistent treatment.

I have to say that Dr. Shen certainly knows what works and was also extremely good at listening and understanding my symptoms. I would recommend anyone with health matters that were not resolved through other means of treatment (massage, chiropractor, physio, medication, etc...) to give this a go and to stick with it for several sessions. The body will respond if you give the treatment a chance to run its course!

- Jen -

Dr. Shen is a talented acupuncturist and extremely kind person. She helped me strengthen my body and be able to conceive a healthy baby at 40 (and manage extreme morning sickness). She is a treasure. My husband and I will always be grateful for her care.

- Marya -

I have been seeing Dr. Shen for more than two years now. She has helped me tremendously with my general health. She is easily one of the kindest and most loving person I have ever met. I enjoy each of my visits and appreciate her extensive knowledge, experience and thoughtfulness. I would recommend anyone who is interested in getting treatment with acupuncture and TCM in Vancouver!

- Sun -

I am very afraid of needles, but with Dr. Tan Shen it was easy to try acupuncture. With her kind way of treatment and her profound knowledge about acupuncture, she helped me overcome my anxiety. She patiently answers all my questions (I have a lot of them) and takes care of my wellbeing during the treatment. I am even relaxed enough to fall asleep with the needles by now. Because of her, I could experience the impressive impact acupuncture has. My back pain is a lot better now, and I have been suffering from it for about 5 years. I can highly recommend Dr. Tan Shen, it was a great experience. She gave me back a lot of my energy.

- Susanne -

Dr Shen has a genuine heart for the well-being of her patients as well as for the teaching and sharing of her extensive professional experience to those entering the field. Her clinic is very clean and has a lovely peaceful atmosphere upon entering.

I was treated very well. Dr Shen has one of those personalities that enjoys going above and beyond the call to help those in need, which is quite a rare and difficult trait to find in the medical field these days. Sadly there are some who don't respect this wonderful gift, but Dr Shen's kind heart shines through and it makes all the difference. Many thanks Dr Shen. :)

- Mike -

I have received acupuncture treatments for various ailments from many acupuncture-doctors and can recommend Dr. Shen as one of the most attentive and caring of them all. She is willing to take time to understand my condition and to offer recommendations, remedies, and options with patience and care. I feel fortunate that I have Dr. Shen to go to as a reliable medical resource for a wide variety of health situations.

- Lucy -

Dr. Shen is an amazing healer; she really cares about the patient. I saw her during my visit to Vancouver when I sprained my ankle and, as a result, I developed pain and swelling. Dr. Shen has a gentle, caring manner; she made me feel comfortable from the start, although I am normally afraid of needles. It took only a couple of treatments, and, between acupuncture and some herbal ointments, the swelling was gone. I was able to walk with ease and enjoy my vacation.

- Elena -

I had debilitating abdominal pain for years. Dr. Shen is the only Dr who has been able to improve it. I went to her as a last attempt to minimize the pain of Endometriosis and Colitis - I didn't expect much, but was shocked by the results. I tell her she magic, she smiles and says she just tried various treatments and is happy it's working. Dr. Shen is super great honest acupuncturist. Crazy knowledgeable, deeply caring, was a physician in China as well. I feel like I'm getting a huge bang for my buck.

- Christina -

I've been going to see Dr Shen for over 5 years. She has helped me tremendously with my health. Getting to know her slowly, I found out she is a real doctor in China as she studied medicine in capital, Beijing. Science holds very little mystery to her; she is specialized in herbal formulas and western pharmacology. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine sets standards in medicine for the entire country and also TCM schools all over the world now. And she had taught acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in a renowned Vancouver TCM School for over 15 years.

I could not wish for a more impressive, competent doctor. I trust Dr Shen with my life. (In fact, Dr Shen inspired me so much that now I am a TCM student myself, in second year. And in the field, in Vancouver, she is known as a very rare gem.) Dr Tan Shen's theories in acupuncture, in herbs and in pharmacology are impeccable. She is simply a real Master.

- Françis Bongarçon -

After suffering tightness in my back and shoulders for the last several years, I seemed Dr. Tan Shen out for treatment. Dr. Shen was very warm and receptive, listening to the issues I had and curating a specific treatment plan for me. I'm happy to say, after several sessions, the tightness around my shoulders have started let up and relax!

- Jayne -

My family and I have been visiting Dr. Shen for Acupuncture treatment since 2014. The first time I went to Dr. Shen, I was suffered from vertigo, and there was no medicine to treat it. So I tried Acupuncture at Dr. Shen's clinic. After 2 treatments, it went away. Dr. She is very nice and responsible. I would highly recommend her to people who are seeking for Acupuncture treatment.

- Li Yan -

I have been treated by Dr. Shen for three months and I greatly appreciate the improvement in my general health. She is very professional, highly knowledgeable. Also her clinic is very clean sanitized and tidy.

- Christine -

I came to Dr. Shen with bladder cancer which had not cleared up with the recommended BCG treatments. Since experiencing her acupuncture and following her herbal therapy I have been clear of bladder cancer for over eighteen months now. Dr. Shen comes highly recommended by me.

- John -

Dr. Shen is very a kind and knowledgeable doctor. On entering her office you immediately feel welcomed and relaxed. She has helped me diminish musculoskeletal pain I have endured for several years, which Western medicine could not help me with (have tried x-rays, massage, physio and more). Her treatments leave you feeling relaxed and sometimes the results can be noticed right away, depending on what she is treating you for. The cost of treatment is fair and comparable to other acupuncture clinics in Vancouver.

- Julie -

Very caring, extensive education and flexible. She really makes sure the treatment is about the client!

- Mary -

I started visiting Dr. Shen four years ago and love her gentle bedside manner, kindness and professionalism. Fantastically caring and wonderful at acupuncture (for a patient who is not keen on needles or pain)! My favourite treatment is cupping (google it and go try!) and I always feel like a new person on my way out the door.

- Caitriona -

Dear Dr. Tan Shen, I'd like to thank you for the treatment I received from you. It was my first, and very positive acupuncture treatment, pleasant and relaxing. I have no headaches now. Pain after needles had gone next day, and all over weekend it didn't come back at all.

After only few acupuncture sessions, I feel great, but I know where to go, if the problems come back!

- Alevtina -

I had injured my knee from skiing and was in need of urgent treatment in anticipation of a big backpacking trip one week after the injury. Dr Shen took me into her care and provided acupuncture treatment almost every day during that week on a very short notice. I had difficulty walking immediately after the incident but it got much better towards the end of the week. Dr Shen is very knowledgeable, professional, and attentive. She also gave me tips on what to do to speed up the recovery of the knee during the backpacking trip, which I've applied and helped. Thank you Dr Shen!

- Colleen -

I had symptoms for years that regular western medicine did not even consider. Doctors would dismiss them as "unimportant," as "psychological," as "panic." But my full-body-aches and pains and tensions and digestive discomforts were very real. And I'm convinced to this day that they were not mentally induced. The best western medicine had to offer me was a diagnosis with CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Mononucleosis, or EBV - Epstein Barr Virus or CMV - Cyto-Megalo-Virus, extremely wide-spread viruses in France that can be caught on glassware in restaurants, or handle bars in the metro or any physical contact with other people. But no treatment was ever offered for these... As viruses are for the most part expensive to treat, if not untreatable, in the West. So for years I suffered, and tried all sorts of anxiety pills that were loosely prescribed by heavy-handed western doctors in high hopes of shutting me up.

And one day, I discovered that Traditional Chinese Medicine not only offered me validation of my REAL symptoms but also REAL explanations AND solutions that took only days to get me back to feeling healthy. And 3 months to get me back into a much more balanced state.

I have been travelling the world since 2008 trying acupuncturists from all over. I have been reading books on TCM. And I have observed that not all TCM specialists are equal in knowledge or in experience. Just like western doctors.

But Dr SHEN Tan, of the Burrard Acupuncture Clinic in Vancouver BC, is one of the most competent TCM specialists I have ever met. Her needling is impeccable, and her herbal prescriptions are just right. And she is also a very caring human. I have been seeing her weekly for three months and my health and emotional state has dramatically improved. I would recommend her to anyone in need of sustainable well-being. To anyone that feels neglected by western medicine, to anyone that has to cope with side effects of western treatments.

- Johann -

I came to see Dr. Shen in relation to chronic tiredness. Although I've never been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, I felt tired all the time, had little focus at work, and felt completely drained. I took multivitamins and herbal tonics, but nothing really helped. I was at a loss when a colleague at work suggested I tried acupuncture. I am very happy I did. After about 10 acupuncture sessions coupled with Chinese herbs prescribed by Dr. Shen, I started to feel better, and within three months I felt I had really good energy and focus. I liked Dr. Shen for her caring manner, patience and honest approach. She really made a huge difference in my life, and I can't thank her enough.

- Ella -

I've been Dr. Shen's patient for many years. Along the way I've seen her for various complaints, mostly related to pain. In my youth I played lots of sports and incurred various injuries that sometimes still trouble me. I took for a while NSAIDs prescribed by my family doctor and although they helped with my pain, they also created havoc in my stomach. I thought a more natural approach would suit me long term, and indeed, by switching to acupuncture I did myself a tremendous favour. It takes only a few sessions at a time, mostly electro-acupuncture and occasionally some herbs, in order to fix the pain. I like Dr. Shen's holistic approach, her nice demeanor and willingness to offer all sorts of healing solutions. Aside from acupuncture and herbs, she's given me lots of dietary advice geared towards reducing inflammation, she used cupping and massage when the pain wouldn't go away easily, and I can always feel in Dr. Shen a genuine care to make me well. I deeply appreciate what she's done for me and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to any of my friends or family. Dr. Shen is a true healer!

- Helen -

I have been Dr. Tan Shen's patient for over two years. The purpose is mostly for improving and maintaining overall body health and treating pre-menopause symptoms. I found Dr. Shen to be a kind, compassionate, caring and knowledgeable TCM doctor. She listens to my issues and explains to me thoroughly regarding my concerns. Dr. Shen also treated my thirteen year old daughter for her digestive problems. She treated her for a few sessions and prescribed her with some Chinese herbs. Now she is feeling better again. Dr. Shen is always flexible with accommodating my requests for a last minute appointment. She always returns my calls when I need her advice. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone who seeks alternative medicine to see Dr. Shen.

- Mabel -

When I decided to look for an acupuncturist for my back and neck pain I wanted someone who was easily accessible, someone experienced and someone who was approachable and friendly. Dr. Shen has more than exceeded my expectations. She is conveniently located downtown and I can easily get to her office and get back to my schedule without losing my day. When I found out Dr. Shen was a Doctor of Traditional Chinese medicine and had clinical experience I knew she more than qualified to handle my issues. Dr. Shen explains her approach and why she feels it will be successful. She includes me in the decision making and I feel like we are really working together. My back and neck pain have greatly improved and as a bonus my pre-menopausal symptoms, including severs migraines, have vanished.

- Joan -

I had an inflammation in my arm due to the many hours of typing and Dr. Shen's treatment was very helpful in dealing with the pain. Her office is very clean and tidy and I highly recommend her services.

- Iuri -