About

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient form of medicine that encompasses several modalities including Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Moxibustion, and Cupping. TCM has been practiced for over 4,000 years and is still used in hospitals alongside western medicine in China. TCM is based on the belief that everything is connected and everything has Qi, or energy, running through it. This concept carries over to the body in which it is believed that the mind, body, and spirit are all one and when any part is out of balance it affects the whole. Qi exists in every part in the body and traverses the body through channels that run from head to toe. If a channel becomes blocked than the Qi can not flow properly and ensures the onset of disease.

Acupuncture

As a methodology of TCM, Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific points.  By stimulating these points, located along channels called Meridians, it is possible to redirect the flow of Qi in order to correct imbalances within the patient.  Objectives may be to relieve pain and other symptoms of illness, strengthen the immune system, and to bring balance and harmonize the whole body.

Patients are typically given a thorough intake in order to determine the individuals disposition and reveal potential imbalances within the body.  Although similar Western procedures such as pulse and tongue diagnoses are applied, its role differs in both practice and purpose.  Once a diagnoses has been reached, a point prescription is employed by the Physician while the patient relaxes on a treatment table.  Treatments usually last for 1-Hour and are repeated weekly or in accordance with the individuals health goals.

Who Can Benefit?

In short, Everyone can benefit from Acupuncture.  The World Health Organization lists the following illnesses as being treatable with Acupuncture;

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Disentary
  • Emotional Problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Facial Palsy/Tics
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccup
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowl Syndrome
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Migrane
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sore Throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vomiting