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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM is a holistic method of treatment which uses acupuncture and herbs to strengthen and promote health. Chinese medicine is based on the concept of “Qi” (vital energy) which flows along pathways in the body called meridians and is stored in major organs. When the Qi flows freely, the body is healthy and pain free. When the Qi is disrupted, then the body may manifest pain or disease. This disruption can be due to many things, such as injury, surgery, bad diet, toxins, and old age, to name a few.

Acupuncture can help the body to heal itself by effecting physiological changes such as increasing blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the central nervous system, which releases hormones such as endorphins to help eliminate pain.

There are points along each meridian where the “Qi” can be stimulated, which regulates the functioning of the organs and brings the body back into balance. Acupuncture can not only treat diseases, but can strengthen one's immune system to prevent disease and promote health.

Chinese herbal formulas combine plant, mineral and animal substances to promote and prolong the treatment between acupuncture visits.

Acupuncture

Chinese medicine is based on the concept of "Qi" (vital energy) which flows along pathways in the body called meridians and is stored in major organs. When the Qi flows freely, the body is healthy and pain free. When the Qi is disrupted, then the body may manifest pain or disease. This disruption can be due to many things, such as injury, surgery, bad diet, toxins, and old age, to name a few.

Acupuncture can help the body to heal itself by effecting physiological changes such as increasing blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the central nervous system, which releases hormones such as endorphins to help eliminate pain.

What to expect during a treatment

Acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist.

A few sterile hair-thin, disposable needles will be inserted slightly below the skin and will remain in the body for a short amount of time (5-30 minutes, depending on condition). Sometimes, a slight pricking sensation is felt as the needle enters the skin. Common sensations include heaviness and warmth where the needles are placed. Most people experience a deep state of relaxation and some fall asleep.

Each case is unique; therefore, each course of treatment will vary. The length and frequency of treatments depend upon the type and severity of the condition. Simple acute problems may require just a few treatments while more severe or chronic conditions may require a longer period of treatment. When multiple treatments are prescribed, they usually begin with greater frequency and then taper as balance is restored. To simply maintain good health, one may only need treatments once a season - four times a year.

What does acupuncture treat?

Along with diseases of the major organs (heart, liver, kidney, etc.), Traditional Chinese Medicine is indicated for conditions such as the following:

Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, vertebral disc pathology, or joint problems; acute or chronic injuries; sciatica; tendonitis; trauma; repetitive stress syndrome

Respiratory: Common cold, flu, allergies, asthma, chronic/acute upper respiratory infections; cough, bronchitis, smoking

Gastrointestinal: Acid reflux, ulcer, hernia, diarrhea, colitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, nausea, weight loss/gain, bad breath

Skin: Eczema, dermatitis, acne, signs of aging

Emotional Stress: anxiety, insomnia, depression, irritability, lethargy

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