Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chinese Medicine?

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is a medical practice that developed in China over 5,000 years ago.  Most people associate Chinese Medicine in the US as only Acupuncture and Herbs, but the medicine is actually based on four pillars also including massage or Tui-Na, and Qi Gong (exercise).  Chinese medicine looks at the body as a whole entity, with the understanding that emotion and thought can cause disease in the body.  The basis of this medicine is to allow for the body to function in the Parasympathetic Nervous System or “Rest and Digest”, rather than the Sympathetic Nervous System or otherwise known as “Fight or Flight”.  When the body experiences stress, regardless of the extent, it translates that stress the same way it would if a lion was chasing it.  Acupuncture, as well as the other modalities incorporated with Chinese Medicine, brings the body into a balanced state, or homeostasis, where it can then heal and avoid disease.

 

What is Acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture is a modality that uses very fine needles that are inserted into very specific points in the body and with various depths depending on the patient and the treatment.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is comprised of meridians, or pathways. If you think of the body as a highway system, if there is traffic in one part of the highways- or in the body that would translate into a blockage of qi or blood- that would cause a disturbance in the entire highway system.  In Chinese Medicine, having a blockage is what causes pain and disease in the body.  It is very important for qi, or vital energy, and blood to move freely in the body.  Acupuncture sends signals to the brain, which in turn can “free up” the meridians allowing for optimal health.

 

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

 

Acupuncture does not hurt, but there are definitely sensations that are associated with this therapy that are crucial for its efficacy.  Depending on where the needle is inserted, you may feel a heavy feeling, or a sensation of movement that usually occurs on a specific channel pathway. 

 

What to expect from a treatment?

 

During an initial treatment, there are many questions that need to be asked in order to address the body as a whole.  In Chinese Medicine we need to know how you are sleeping, what your diet looks like, how you feel after you eat, what your energy level is like, what emotions you feel on a daily basis and how they affect you, and many more diagnostic questions to paint a picture of what is happening inside your body.  We then look at your tongue and take your pulse.  When we look at your tongue, we are actually able to see what is happening inside your organs. Your tongue is the only organ that we can actually see, and it is quite accurate in expressing what is happening inside your body.  When we read your pulse, we are feeling for 12 different positions, each one associated with its own organ.  We can feel for any disharmony that is occurring within the channels or meridians throughout your body.

 

What can Acupuncture Treat?

 

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), Acupuncture is effective in treating 28 conditions, but evidence has proven it to be an effective therapeutic treatment for many more. Some of the diseases or conditions for which Acupuncture has been proven effective according to WHO include but not limited to:

 

  • Adverse reactions to chemotherapy and/or radiation

  • Allergic Rhinitis

  • Biliary Colic

  • Depression

  • Dysentery, acute bacillary

  • Dysmenorrhoea

  • Epigastralgia

  • Facial pain

  • Headache

  • Hypertension

  • Hypotension

  • Induction of labour

  • Knee pain

  • Leucopenia

  • Low Back Pain

  • Malposition of fetus

  • Morning Sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in dentistry

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Renal colic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

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