Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world.
TCM has been practiced in China for over 3,000 years, and is also widely practiced in other Asian nations as well.
It is based on Daoist philosophical and religious conceptions of balance and opposites (yin and yang).
Poor health is believed to result from an imbalance between what are believed to be interconnected organ systems,
with one organ system believed to weaken or overexcite others. Likely that more people have been treated by Chinese
medicine throughout history than by any other formalized system of medicine. Because of its relatively low cost
and minimal side effects, acupuncture has become a highly popular method of health care in the United States.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an umbrella term describing a comprehensive healing system that
includes a number of different modalities such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na massage,
Chinese dietary therapy and meditative exercises called Qi Gong and Tai Qi. Depending upon the presenting symptoms,
the TCM physician (acupuncturist) will develop a treatment plan by combining several of these modalities to
work together synergistically to treat the patient's condition.
Acupuncture is only one part of the much larger TCM system of healthcare.
Acupuncture, the insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles into acupuncture points on the body,
stimulates body's Qi, which then sends signals to the nervous and immune systems telling
them how to inhibit pain and resolve disease processes.
Qi is said to flow through meridians (pathways) in the human body.
Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed.
If Qi flow is disrupted, a person will become ill and encounter pain. Acupuncture will restore
the flow of qi and improve individuals overall condition through easing of pain and curing illness.
If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations it is said
that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.
In conjunction with insertion of needles into the acupoint, other modalities are used to enhance
the effect of treatment such as electrical acupuncture, electrical stimulation; heat/ifra-red light,
cupping, acupressure and friction provide a complete treatment.