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“The medicine of East Asia is based on a science that does not hold itself separate from the phenomena that it seeks to understand. Our medicine did not grow out of petri dishes experimentation or double blind studies; it arose from observing nature and our part in it. East Asian medicine involves not from the examination of dead structures but from living system with their complex mutual entangled interactions.”
Michael Max, Qilogical Podcast
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a rich history in China dating back thousands of years, which is gaining more momentum in the Western countries. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system of medicine that takes a holistic approach that views the body as a whole - mind, body and spirit. An important concept of TCM would be the balance between Yin and Yang; TCM plays an integral part in maintaining this yin-yang balance to support health and prevent illnesses. This medicine utilizes various modalities to promote the body’s innate healing potential to establish a balanced state of health. These modalities include: acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, tuina, acupressure and gua sha.
Simply stated, Acupuncture is the stimulation of Qi (pronounced “chee”) flow throughout the body through the insertion of thin stainless steel needles into specific sites on the body.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, Qi circulates in the body through a system of channels called meridians. Qi can be stimulated in the body through over 500 acupuncture points on the surface and flows to deeper organ structures. The stimulation of Qi in the meridians allows the body to rebalance from the negative impacts of daily life and disease.
The practice of acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, single-use and thin needles into acupuncture points that are located throughout various pathways in body. The stimulation of acupuncture points promotes a healing response and helps alleviate pain. Needling may sometimes cause a tingling sensation, heavy, dull, warming or aching feeling. Acupuncture also stimulates the parasympathetic system that results in a relaxing treatment.
Today’s Science has revealed that Acupuncture affects the body through the nervous and hormonal systems.
What Acupuncture can treat?
- Musculoskeletal disorders: muscle sprain and pain in various body parts, Achilles tendon injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, piriformis syndrome, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, headaches, migraines
- Neurological disorders: Trigeminal Neuralgia, sciatica, Bell’s Palsy
- ENT (Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat) disorders: common cold, cough, dyspnea, acute rhinitis, acute sinusitis, sore throat, toothache/dental pain, allergic rhinitis, tinnitus
- Gastrointestinal disorders: epigastric pain, abdominal pain, hypochondrial pain, vomiting, chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting abdominal distention, constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids
- Obstetric and Gynecological disorders: amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, infertility, insufficient breast milk, inter-mentstrual bleeding, irregular menstruation, leukorrhea, menstrual headache, menstrual breast tenderness, PMS, morning sickness, perimenopausal symptoms, menopausal symptoms
- Sleep disorders: insomnia, chronic fatigue
- Mental health disorder: anxiety, stress, depression