Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient form of healing that began in China 3,500 years ago and is now used by over 2 billion people including 12 million Americans. The goal of treatment is to rebalance the energetic systems, optimizing a person’s function on all levels. Part of the uniqueness of this medicine lies in its holistic concept that the body does not carry out physiological symptoms separately, but as an integrated whole. Another unique characteristic is that it strives to correct the problem instead of merely reducing or controlling symptoms. As preventive care, Chinese medicine provides us an opportunity to treat imbalances before they manifest as disease.
The body had blood that flows through the circulatory system and nerve messages that flow through the nervous system. Life energy flows through a system of channels called meridians that were mapped out 3,500 years ago. Today the meridians can be measured scientifically by reading their electrical resistance. When this energy is blocked, health problems arise. Acupuncturists are trained to find and correct energy blocks in the body that enables the tissues and organs to heal.
If you have ever tried watering a garden with a hose that has a kink in it you know that the water doesn’t flow, and unless you correct the blockage, the water will not flow to nourish your garden. Acupuncturists are trained to remove kinks in the flow of energy and cultivate health.
Oriental medicine is a proven, safe, and effective form of treatment for a wide variety of conditions and can work well in conjunction with any other medical treatment with no side effects. The primary modality used in Oriental Medicine is Acupuncture, the insertion of thin, sterile, single-use disposable needles in the body. After the needles are in place you will be given time to rest, usually 20-45 minutes. During this time many experience a floating or heavy sensation, but typically feel comfortable, relaxed and sometimes fall asleep. Herbal prescriptions are another modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine that may be included in treatment. Together Acupuncture and herbs attempt to restore ill patients to a state in which their biological energies are balanced. TCM strengthens the body’s natural defense mechanisms to protect against disease, enhance energy, and maintain a prolonged state of vibrant health.