Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for thousands of years and incorporates acupuncture, acupressure, diet, massage, and Chinese herbs and foods.  Acupuncture is a principal component of TCM.  It seeks to rebalance any physical or mental/emotional dysfunction through the use of very fine and relatively painless needles at strategic points on the body.

What is Qi and how does it move?

At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that life energy or “QI” (pronounced “Chee”) flows throughout the body and protects it from illness, pain and diseases.  A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians and each is connected to specific organs and glands.  Meridian pathways are like rivers.  Just as a river flows and transports life-giving water that nourishes the land, plants and people, meridian pathways transport life-giving Qi to nourish and energizes every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle.

When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys physical, mental and emotional well-being.  An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, restricting the flow in certain areas.  This restriction affects the flow of nourishment requested by the body in order to function optimally.

Why do practitioners want to feel my pulses?

There are three pulse positions on each wrist, each corresponding to a specific organ and meridian. Your acupuncturist will palpate these looking for any imbalances.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body that reflects the general health of the organs and meridians.  Practitioners of Chinese Medicine look at the color, shape, crack and coating on the tongue.

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required varies for everyone.  Some people experience immediate relief, other may take months, even years to achieve results.  Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones.  Expect a minimum of one month to see significant changes.  Some say to expect one month for every year you’ve had the problem.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of health care that evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners have used this non-invasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people become well and stay well.

The practitioner will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body to promote natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health. It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems and improve overall function and well-being.

Do the acupuncture needles hurt?

Patients should feel a slight sensation as the needles contact the Qi – the feeling of energy spreading and moving around the needle. While it is not unpleasant, the sensation varies. You may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling, or dull ache where the acupuncture needle has been inserted. All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. Afterward you may feel energized or a deep sense of relaxation and well being.

How deep do the acupuncture needles go?

The depth of the insertion varies depending on the target area, but needles are typically inserted at depths ranging between 1/8’’ to 1 ½’’.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe – for adults and children. It is an all natural, drug-free therapy, with no side effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being. And there is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then disposed of.

Some Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Fertility
  • Improves acne (caused by hormonal imbalance)
  • Helps menopause, perimenopause, PMS and other GYN issues
  • Helps sinus congestion and headache
  • Improves hyper – and hypothyroidism
  • Reduces symptoms of toothache, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, and Bell’s palsy
  • Helps headache (except severe migraine)
  • Treats diarrhea and constipation (most digestive issues)
  • Helps to eliminate edema and puffiness
  • Benefits eyes, ears and brain
  • Helps insomnia and dizziness
  • Helps depression and aids self-esteem
  • Helps with back aches and shoulder tension

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