Acupuncture & Herbs

What is Chinese Medicine?


More than 3,000 years ago, a system of medicine was created that effectively treats pain, illness, and disease, as well as preventing future health problems. This system is called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It uses a number of different techniques to treat patients, including: acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, dietary counseling, gwa sha, and cupping. TCM focuses on restoring balance to the body and promoting natural healing.

The body has evolved to heal itself and to maintain balance. This process is called homeostasis. For example, if you get a cut and bleed, your blood clots to stop the bleeding and the wound heals. If you catch a cold, your immune system fights the virus and you get well. When your body is in balance, its natural self-healing abilities are active. You are healthy and have a sense of well-being.

Life, however, has many ways of destabilizing this balance. Too much stress, strong emotions, overwork, poor diet, smoking, environmental toxins, etc., all can disrupt balance in the body. Have you noticed that when you are overworked and exhausted you catch every cold making the rounds at work? Or that when you are overwhelmed or stressed your digestive system is in turmoil? Over time, imbalances can weaken the whole body, making it more susceptible to pain and disease.

TCM helps to relieve the signs and symptoms of many health issues. It does this by bringing the body into balance so that the body’s natural self-healing is activated. It can also strengthen and support the body to prevent future illness and disease.


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one type of treatment used in TCM. It involves the gentle insertion of very thin needles into selected acupuncture points. The needles are sterile and disposable. The acupuncture points are chosen specifically based on what is going on in your body at that particular time. The point prescription used changes in response to changes in your body. It is the insertion of the needles that allows the body to begin to re-balance and to heal itself.


How does Acupuncture Work from a TCM perspective?

In TCM theory, all living organisms contain a life energy called Qi.   A person’s Qi is created from the food they eat, the air they breathe, and from their parent’s genetic material. This Qi flows through the body by invisible rivers of energy called meridians. There are 14 of these meridians, some of which are associated with specific organs. These meridians create a network of interconnected channels that energize, nourish, and support every cell, organ, muscle, and tissue in the body.

When the body is in balance, the Qi flows freely through the meridians and the body is healthy and pain free, and the person has a feeling of well being. When the body is stressed, Qi flow in the meridians or organs can be disrupted or blocked. This blockage can cause various symptoms as well as illness. Acupuncture stimulates the movement of Qi throughout the body, removing blockages and restoring balance.

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