What Is Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the largest medical system in the world and dates back to nearly 4000 years. It is a complete system of medicine that includes acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, bodywork, and nutrition. It is able to successfully treat many conditions that Western Medicine struggles with, including acute and chronic pain. In mainstream Western Medicine only the symptom is diagnosed and treated. In Chinese Medicine, the symptom is resolved by diagnosing and treating the underlying cause. While Western Medicine may see the body and diagnosed disease as static, Chinese Medicine views the body as being dynamic and capable of much change. For example, while a Medical Doctor may diagnose diabetes and administer pharmaceuticals to moderate symptoms, an Acupuncturist may provide treatment, herbs, and suggestions to increase the Spleen/Pancreas function so that the body utilizes more insulin and the diabetes is improved or even resolved.

Acupuncture, a safe, effective, and drug free therapy, involves the insertion of very thin, hairlike needles into specific points of the body. These points, or “neural nodes”, stimulate changes in the peripheral and central nervous systems, including release of the bodyʼs biochemicals.