Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a well respected medical system practiced successfully for thousands of years in China, Japan, Korea and throughout Asia. Today, it is a popular medicine used all around the world. In 2007 there were three million Americans receiving acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a "branch" of TCM. Acupuncture points are chosen in accordance with TCM Theories. Licensed Acupuncturists study these theories and their applications during their required 1,900 hours/3 years of graduate studies .
TCM is the body of knowledge developed over 3000 years of study, research and discussion by medical practioners of TCM. It includes many concepts, and theories such as the Theory of Yin and Yang, The 5 Elements Theory, Theory of Qi and Blood, Theory of Zang-Fu Organs and Meridian Theory.
Qi is the energy that activates all the organ functions in your body. It 's the energy that circulates blood, releases chemicals, opens and closes valves, helps generate thoughts and emotions.
If this energy circulates smoothly body functions occur in a well orchestrated healthy balance. If it is blocked or slowed or weakened in a particular area of your body, it creates illness. Acupuncturists know how to bring Qi energy back in balance.
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a way to alleviate painful symptoms and illness without the use of pharmaceuticals. It is safe and has very rare side effects. Acupuncture needles are pre-packaged sterile and one time use only.
TCM's approach is holistic, functioning as a mind-body medicine. Health issues treated with TCM vary from emotional to painful chronic conditions. A careful diagnosis is performed by our Licensed Acupuncturist before a treatment plan is designed for you according to TCM concept and theories.