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. [1] 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.

[1] 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

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

CuppingCupping 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

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

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.

Fertility Enhancement

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used in the support of fertility for thousands of years. It has been shown to improve fertility rates and support a woman’s mind, heart, and body so that she might maximize her potential for health, healing, and, ultimately, childbearing. Continue reading.–

Prenatal Care

Acupuncture has been used in Asia for thousands of years as a means to promote and support female reproductive health. Treatments have evolved as part of a larger commitment to having healthy babies – both as a means to help a couple successfully conceive as well as go on to have a healthy pregnancy and uncomplicated delivery. Acupuncture treatments throughout the pregnancy can bolster the body’s natural healing powers in an effort to achieve balance and harmony of the mind and body, thereby helping to nurture a strong mother as she creates for herself a positive path towards parenthood. Continue Reading