Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic system to treat individuals for a wide variety of physical, emotional and psychological concerns. TCM promotes, maintains and restores health by encouraging an even flow of energy throughout the body using acupuncture, herbs or other treatments. When the energy flow (or Qi—pronounced “chi”) is disrupted due to stress, trauma, poor diet or any other conditions, pain or illness can result.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 5,000 year-old Chinese therapy that works by stimulating the body to naturally correct the imbalances of Qi. This is done by inserting ultra-fine, disposable needles into the skin at specific points in the body. These acupuncture points are related to energy pathways or meridians that run throughout the entire length of the body. Acupuncture points are also related to specific internal organs. The earliest known text on acupuncture is the Nei Jing (or “Classic of Internal Medicine”) that dates back to 2697-2596 BC).

What does acupuncture feel like?

The most common question that people ask regarding acupuncture is “does it hurt?” Most patients find that the treatments are extremely relaxing and usually involve little or no pain. Occasionally one may feel a slight pinch at the time of needle insertion that quickly diminishes. Once a person’s Qi has been activated they may feel a dull ache or tingly sensation. For most people, these are very mild and normal responses.

Can I benefit from acupuncture if I’m relatively healthy?

Yes! Acupuncture patients range in age from children to seniors. Some seek treatment as an alternative to, or as an enhancement of Western methods, while others seek treatment for a chronic condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine is not only used for treating ailments as they arise, but also in preventing disease. Many individuals find that acupuncture and herbal medicine are great ways to maintain healthy and balanced lives. Seasonal “tune-ups’ and acupuncture for stress reduction are highly recommended.

How does acupuncture work?

Research has shown that the body responds by releasing endorphins (neurotransmitters that stop pain), increasing blood cell counts, and heightening the immune system. Basically, acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote its own healing. The ideal is to balance one’s overall energy in order to establish or re-establish well-being.