What is Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a natural healing system that has been developed over thousands of years. TCM is used today in clinics and hospitals throughout most of Asia as a primary medical modality. In general, disease is thought of as imbalance in the functions or interactions of yin, yang, qi, and/or of the interaction between the human body and the environment.
It takes a holistic view of each person and believes that the body has an innate ability to overcome disease and illness. Using acupuncture, herbs, and other treatment modalities, Chinese medicine works to restore balance to the body which stimulates natural healing and promotes health. Acupuncture is a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to get well and stay healthy.
TCM practitioners use various treatment methods to restore and maintain health such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, and cupping.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the primary treatments used in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Living beings have energy flowing throughout their body in pathways called meridians. This energy is called Qi (pronounced "chee"). Illness results when Qi stagnates or is blocked, or when the body has too little, or too much, of it. Acupuncture promotes healing by regulating the flow of Qi by inserting very fine needles into specific points in the body, along meridians. When Qi is balanced and flowing freely, the body’s natural self-healing abilities are activated, enabling internal stability and harmony to occur.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Everyone experiences acupuncture uniquely. Needle insertion can be unnoticeable, or it may be felt as a subtle twinge. The immediate sensation of the needle going in may be followed by heaviness or warmth throughout the body. These responses are completely normal, although some points may be more sensitive than others. Needles remain in place for 15-40 minutes, while the patient rests. You will feel relaxed during the treatment and feel revitalized and rested after the session. Your symptoms may improve immediately after treatment, or results may be more gradual during the next few days following treatment. More than one treatment is often required for complex or long-standing complaints.
Are acupuncture needles sterile?
Acupuncture needles are tiny, disposable, and sterile. They are never reused. Additionally, the skin overlying the points where needles are to be placed is sterilized with alcohol prior to inserting the needles.
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