Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical system originating in China some 2,500 years ago. It is comprised of several treatment modalities which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, some forms of massage, and exercise. It is one of the oldest continuously practiced systems of healing in the world. It is a highly individualized approach to medicine, and valuable in the treatment and prevention of a wide range of health concerns. It is safe, gentle, effective and time-tested.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into designated points on the body. Each point possesses specific functions and has the ability to improve health and balance the system. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory establishes that there is energy, often referred to as Qi (“chee”), flowing through channels within the body. These channels connect the body as a whole including all of our major organs. Acupuncture can reestablish balance by improving the flow of blood and energy by enhancing circulation to systems that are depleted or by directing it away from areas of excess.
An important component of Chinese Medicine, is the use of plant substances, minerals and other organic materials to treat various health conditions. Each herb has specific properties, and is often combined with several other substances. Formulas are specifically tailored to the individual based on their disease, diagnosis, and underlying constitution. Examples of commonly used herbs includes cinnamon bark, ginger root, ginseng, dates and mandarin orange peels. Herbal formulas can be prescribed as teas, capsules, pills or tinctures and can be taken internally or topically depending upon the condition.
Chinese Medicine can treat:
In the US, the most common ailments treated with acupuncture are pain related conditions. However, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as effectively treating the following conditions:
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
Sinusitis • Sore throat • Hay fever • Earache • Nerve deafness • Ringing in the ears • Dizziness • Poor eyesight
High blood pressure • Angina pectoris • Arteriosclerosis • Anemia
Irritable bowel syndrome • Spastic colon • Colitis • Constipation • Diarrhea • Food Allergies • Ulcers • Gastritis • Abdominal bloating • Hemorrhoids
Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) • Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation • Endometriosis • Menopause • Fibroids • Chronic bladder infection • Complications in pregnancy • Morning sickness • Kidney stones • Impotence • Infertility in men and women • Sexual dysfunction
Candida • Chronic fatigue • HIV and AIDS • Epstein Barr virus • Allergies • Lupus • MS • Hepatitis
Smoking Cessation • Drugs • Alcohol
Emotional and Psychological Disorders
Anxiety • Insomnia • Depression • Stress
Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
Arthritis • Neuralgia • Sciatica • Back pain • Bursitis • Tendonitis • Stiff neck • Bell’s palsy • Trigeminal Neuralgia • Headaches and Migraines • Stroke • Cerebral palsy • Polio • Sprains • Muscle spasms • Shingles
Asthma • Emphysema • Bronchitis • Colds and flu
Chemotherapy and radiation side effects • Diabetes • Dermatological disorders • Weight control