Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is over 3,000 years old and has formed a unique medical system to diagnose and resolve many illnesses. Traditional Chinese Medicine is fundamentally different than Western Medicine.
Muscles and organs are connected by a network of blood vessels and channels. The effected meridian or organ will reflect itself on the surface of the body or as internal symptoms just as they do in Western Medicine. The effected organs may also have an effect on each other through connecting meridians and collaterals. A Traditional Chinese medicine appointment starts with the acupuncturist analyzing the entire system, then he or she will implement the corrections needed via acupuncture, herbology, diet and lifestyle.
Traditional Chinese medicine does not just focus on symptoms, but the differentiation of syndromes. Therefore, patients with an identical disease may be treated in different ways; however, different diseases may result in the same "TCM-syndrome" and are treated in similar ways.
Traditional Chinese Medicine clinical diagnosis and treatment are mainly based on the yin-yang or five elements theories. These medical theories apply the nature’s laws with the pathological changes and physiology of the human body and its interrelationships.
If the acupuncturist deems it necessary and beneficial for your specific condition he may use some of these other techniques.
- Herbology- We only use herbal formulas that are made in the USA.
- Cupping – the application of glass or plastic cups to create suction on the skin. This is to relieve stagnation of qi and blood, which is what causes pain in Chinese medicine. This increases the local circulation, stretches, and relieves tight fascia and can detoxify the local area.
- Tuina – Chinese medical massage.
- Auricular acupuncture – Either with acupuncture needles or with tiny seeds attached to tape. The seeds may be kept on the ear for up to one week.
- Moxibustion – Heating of acupuncture needles or points with a dried herb stick to activate and warm the point, muscles. or meridians.
- Electrostimulation – Electrical stimulation on acupuncture needles or directly on the muscles. This can be used for pain relief and muscle pain. Increases ATP production, nerve stimulation, and blood circulation.