Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
|Traditional Chinese Medicine
With a history dating back over 5000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest continually practiced form of health care in the world. Many leading national and international health organizations have recognized TCM as an effective treatment for a wide variety of medical problems.  TCM helps to activate the body’s innate capacity to heal by uncovering the root cause of illness and restoring balance and health.
TCM is based on the theory that an essential life energy, Qi (chee), flows through the body in pathways called meridians. At its most basic, TCM states that when energy flows freely through the meridians, health is maintained. When that flow of energy is blocked, absent, deficient, excessive, or interrupted, then health and wellbeing are disrupted leading to illness and/or pain.
At the core of TCM lies the belief that one must treat the mind, body, and spirit as a whole if one is to successfully treat disease and promote longevity and vitality. The website, acufinder.com is a great resource and gives more detailed information about the benefits of TCM.
 National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO), National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).
Frequently Used TCM Therapies
Acupuncture is the primary treatment used in TCM. It is the gentle insertion of extremely fine, sterile, disposable needles at specific acupuncture points on the meridian pathways. This, in turn, regulates the flow of Qi and restores balance by nourishing and energizing every cell, gland, organ, tissue and muscle.
Acupuncture can help relieve symptoms and signs of many health conditions. This therapy is used worldwide either by itself or along with other forms of medical treatments.
|Chinese Herbal Medicine
The use of specific herbs, plants, and minerals can be a powerful adjunct to Acupuncture care. Herbs can be individually formulated in either dried, powdered, or tincture form and are taken as a tea or as a patent pill.
Cupping is the use of various sized glass “cups” applied to the larger areas of the body (e.g. back and legs) to create a vacuum on the skin, thereby stimulating the flow of blood and increasing circulation. Cupping helps detoxify the tissues and relieve pain, reduce muscle tension and strengthen the immune system.
Moxibustion is a warming therapy using the herb mugwort. Moxibustion is often used in the relief of pain and to assist in the turning of breech or posterior presentation babies.
Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment used in conjunction with other TCM therapies. Techniques such as rolling, brushing, and kneading stimulate acupressure points to increase relaxation and relieve pain.
|Dietary and Lifestyle Therapy
The use of TCM theory and principles in the development of dietary and lifestyle recommendations that will assist in the promotion of complete good health. Chinese dietary and lifestyle therapy uses food to strengthen digestion, increase energy and balance the body’s Qi.
Frequently Asked Questions
|What conditions can TCM treat?
TCM is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of health conditions. The most common ailments Acupuncture treats are pain related conditions. However, TCM is also effective in the treatment of:
- Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders
- Respiratory disorders such as asthma and allergies
- Circulatory disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Immune disorders
- Musculoskeletal and neurological disorders
- Gynecological/urogenital disorders
- Emotional/Psychological disorders
- Treatment and support for chronic illness and pain
If you have questions regarding the use and efficacy of TCM for you, please feel free to give us a call.
|What can I expect during my first visit?
During your initial visit, your practitioner will take a complete health history and discuss your current health concerns. Your pulse and tongue will be examined to provide additional information regarding your health. You will then receive your acupuncture treatment and/or other TCM therapies as needed. Your visit will last anywhere from 60-90 minutes. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may also want to have a snack before and after your appointment.
|How many treatments will I need?
This clearly depends on the nature of your health condition. Treatments are generally administered once or twice a week until conditions improve. Once your health goals are met, it is generally recommended that a maintenance program of 4-6 times per year be continued to promote health, energy, and vitality.
|Does Acupuncture hurt?
Most patients find the treatment relaxing and uplifting and many even fall asleep. While many people feel nothing, others may experience a mild needle-prick sensation, a vague numbness, tingling, heaviness, or a slight dull ache which will generally disappear rapidly. Be sure to speak up and let the practitioner know how you are feeling.
|How much does a TCM session cost?
Initial appointment: $110
Follow-up appointments: $85
Herbs: $12 – $35 plus tax
Additional therapies: prices vary according to therapy used
|Will my insurance cover the cost of Acupuncture?
The majority of insurers do not cover Acupuncture. We do not directly bill insurance companies. We will, however, provide you with a receipt with the required medical coding so that you may submit it to your insurer for reimbursement, which some companies offer. You may also be able to use a health savings account, but you should check with your insurer with questions about your plan’s coverage.