What is TCM and Acupuncture
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of medicine originating in China over five thousand years ago. Today, people in the United States use TCM primarily as complementary medicine. TCM practitioners use acupuncture, herbal medicine, adjunctive therapies (such as cupping and moxibustion*) and other mind/body practices to treat and/or prevent health problems.
Acupuncture is a fundamental piece of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thin, sterilized needles are inserted at various locations throughout the body. The needles are similar to the size of a strand of hair and insertion is typically painless. The traditional explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it modifies the flow of energy (Qi or Chi) throughout the body. It has been used traditionally to prevent and treat acute and chronic diseases, as well as to improve general health.
TCM and acupuncture are used to treat a wide variety of conditions, from emotional disorders, such as depression and anxiety to digestive imbalances, such as indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome to OB/GYN concerns, such as infertility and menopause. It can be beneficial for pain due to an injury or chronic degenerative diseases. Acupuncture can be helpful in treating headaches, such as migraines. Respiratory conditions, including allergies and sinusitis, as well as enhancing overall immunity are successfully addressed with acupuncture. Acupuncture has also proved beneficial for improving sleep, reducing fatigue, and for promoting overall well being. This is just a small sampling of what acupuncture can treat!
* Cupping is a therapy where glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin and a suction action is created. Cupping is used for a variety of conditions from pain & inflammation to immunity and relaxation. It has recently gained wide-spread recognition from celebrities and athletes using cupping.
*Moxibustion or moxa is therapy that consists of burning dried mugwort plant material on various parts of the body. It is used for increasing immunity & energy, warming channels and points, and expelling cold, which can increase the smooth flow of blood and qi. Moxa can sometimes help to turn a breech baby.
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