Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient healing system gained from thousands of years of observation and clinical experience. Its modalities include acupuncture, Tuina (acupressure massage), moxibustion and herbal medicine.
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that focuses on balancing the energy or qi (pronounced chee) in the body. This energy (qi) naturally flows through the body but when disharmony and illness occur the flow is disturbed. Through the insertion of fine needles at specific points the energy can be redirected to restore harmony and balance to the body. Acupuncture focuses on restoring balance and in doing so symptoms are alleviated. It can be used preventatively to bring balance back to the body, improve energy and manage stress as well as used to treat specific problems such as pain, insomnia, digestive problems and much more. In fact, the World Health Organization recognizes the ability of acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine to treat over 200 commonly encountered conditions.
Contrary to a common misperception, acupuncture is not painful. The needles are only about the diameter of a human hair, resulting in very little discomfort. Many people find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing and have profound effects. In addition, acupuncture is very effective when used in conjunction with naturopathic medicine, western medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy and physical therapy.