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Acupuncture & TCM

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe, natural, effective therapy where thin sterilized needles are inserted into the skin. Acupuncture has been used for many illnesses both chronic and acute as well as for illnesses that are a result of a weakened immune system or an overstrained nervous system. 

Acupuncture is rooted in ancient Chinese traditions and the theory is based on energetic pathways in the body called channels or meridians where qi and blood flow. When qi flows freely we are well. The qi and blood are carried through the channels to protect, prevent, heal, and nourish the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. 

Just as you cannot see electricity run in wires you cannot see the qi (energy) running in the channels. Acupuncture is based upon 5000 years of clinical study and observation. We know electricity exists and science shows the validity of acupuncture’s electric “energetic” properties.

Qi (vital energy, life force) and blood work together to keep the body healthy. When qi or blood becomes blocked or weakened due to injury, trauma, diet, medications, overwork, stress to name a few causes, the qi and blood cannot perform their functions properly causing symptoms or imbalance. Acupuncture works to restore the flow of qi and blood by removing the stagnation and by strengthening them to provide energy and nourishment to the tissues and organs restoring balance known as homeostasis. 

“I think the benefit of acupuncture is clear, and the complications and potential adverse effects of acupuncture are low compared with medication.”

Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Acupuncture may help with but is not limited to treatment of the following conditions

  • Back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golf / tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash (acute or chronic)
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • PMS
  • Fertility
  • Menopause
  • Insomnia
  • Dry eye
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Sinus problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Quitting smoking
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Many other aliments

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated over 2500 years ago in China. It is comprised of various components to form a complete medicine collective. TCM involves multiple aspects, such as, acupuncture and qigong exercise. Below are some of the therapies and diagnosis techniques used during your assessment and treatment.