Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that includes: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Naprapathy (Chinese massage), nutrition and exercise. Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world, originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has researched and documented the effectiveness of acupuncture. Medical systems in the U.S. are currently integrating this medical practice into their healthcare; while in the UK, there are also moves towards the same end (Guardian 23-11-2004). Many insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments. TCM places emphasis on understanding and treating the underlying cause of each individual’s imbalance. This holistic approach to health not only addresses physical complaints but also emotional, environmental and lifestyle conditions.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of three to five thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research by Western scientists has confirmed the locations of acupuncture points. Throughout history, more people have been treated with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine than all other health modalities combined. This medical system continues to help people across this country and around the world.
How does acupuncture work?
TCM theory explains that an imbalance or a blockage of the energy (Qi) circulating through the body causes pain and diseases. Acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is excessive. Acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.
Does acupuncture provide long lasting results?
Yes. Acupuncture addresses the underlying cause of disease, not merely symptoms. When the causes of problems are corrected, the results are long lasting or permanent.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed varies according to the condition. Some cases may be treated in only a few sessions. Chronic cases may require treatments for several courses of 10 treatments. Occasional treatments throughout the year can maintain good health.
Will I feel the needle?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and are inserted quickly to avoid pain, but one definitely receives a momentary sensation. Once the needles are in place, the patient usually does not feel them.
The majority of Chinese populations have used Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years. Herbal medicine is still in common use worldwide today, because it really brings people a higher quality of life.
Herbs have been proven safe and effective when administered correctly.
Herbals are a powerful tool in the maintenance of health and the elimination of disease.
The taste of the herbs may seem unusual at first to people. Generally most people take a short time to get used to it, and people often end up saying how they could actually do with them for continued good health.
How quickly do Chinese Herbs work?
The effects of Chinese herbs frequently seen after several days of regular usage. Once the effects are established, they often last for a long time. Chronic problems may require Chinese herbal treatment lasting several months. The use of acupuncture plus herbs usually provide the most dramatic result. Please contact our office if you have any additional questions about treatments.To send e-mail, click here.
“There is clear evidence that needle acupuncture is efficacious for adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and probably for the nausea of pregnancy... There are reasonable studies (although sometimes only single studies) showing relief of pain with acupuncture on diverse pain conditions such as menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, and fibromyalgia. This suggests that acupuncture may have a more general effect on pain. However, there are also studies that do not find efficacy for acupuncture in pain. There is evidence that acupuncture does not demonstrate efficacy for cessation of smoking and may not be efficacious for some other conditions.
One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. As an example, musculoskeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and tennis elbow, or epicondylitis, are conditions for which acupuncture may be beneficial. These painful conditions are often treated with, among other things, anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) or with steroid injections. Both medical interventions have a potential for deleterious side effects but are still widely used and are considered acceptable treatments. The evidence supporting these therapies is no better than that for acupuncture.
In addition, ample clinical experience, supported by some research data, suggests that acupuncture may be a reasonable option for a number of clinical conditions. Examples are postoperative pain and myofascial and low back pain. Examples of disorders for which the research evidence is less convincing but for which there are some positive clinical trials include addiction, stroke rehabilitation, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, and headache. Acupuncture treatment for many conditions such as asthma or addiction should be part of a comprehensive management program.”
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