TCM and Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient, safe and effective alternative medicine. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins through the insertion of needles into specific acupuncture points in order to encourage natural healing. Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi which is considered essential to health in Traditional Chinese Medicine. When the body is healthy, Qi (pronounced chee) flows smoothly through the meridians which make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the entire body.
When the balance or flow of Qi is deficient or obstructed, the body can become susceptible to disease or illness.
What does it treat?
Acupuncture treats both the symptoms and the root causes of the patient’s illness. Acupuncture has been shown to benefit many diseases such as, chronic pain, infertility, menstrual issues, anxiety and depression, and gastrointestinal diseases.
What to expect?
People often ask if acupuncture hurts. Most people report the needle sensation as a dull, heavy, deep pressure. These sensations are normal and indicate ‘de qi’, which means the arrival of energy. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing. Prior to inserting the needles, your acupuncturist will often ask you a detailed medical history, look at your tongue and feel your pulse.