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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Eastern Medicine Brought Home

What is Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture originates in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  It has been practiced for over 4,000 years.  Acupuncture involves several fine “hair-like” needles inserted at acupuncture points on the body.  The stainless steel needles are single use only.  The practitioner selects acupuncture points according to one’s TCM diagnosis. The goal of the treatment is to re-balance one’s “Qi” (pronounced “chi”), an energy that travels along channels called meridians in the body.

Can acupuncture help with pain?

Many people are familiar with acupuncture for the management of pain.  Indeed, a series of acupuncture treatments can be very effective.  Sometimes acupuncture is combined with other treatments to get the best result for alleviating pain.

What are the effects of acupuncture and TCM?

Often acupuncture is combined with ancient herbal medicine to enhance the “Qi” re-balancing effects.  Patients often report a greater sense of well being, a more relaxed state, and an increase in energy over time.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is generally well tolerated.  Patients are aware that a treatment involves being poked briefly by a sharp object (aka “pins”), but it shouldn’t be painful.  Even children can receive acupuncture.

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