Acupuncture is a system of integrative medicine, and a modality used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles in order to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental and emotional conditions.
The practice and teaching of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Eastern Medicine is more than 4,000 years old. The first text on the subject, "The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine" (Huang Ti Nei Jing Su Wen Ling Shu), is still relevant to the teaching of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine today.
Chinese Medicine or Eastern Medicine is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies. Chinese Medicine views the body as an energetic system in dynamic balance.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe and the body in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy called Qi flows along specific pathways, called meridians. The constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, it will lead to pain, lack of function, or illness.
After a Chinese Medicine treatment like acupuncture, a person feels calmer and more present. The physical body will be in less pain and less stress, a person will experience less emotional distress, and the thoughts will be slower and calmer. Chinese Medicine is a phenomenal system that will help you be healthier and happier.
Therapeutic Modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine
There are various therapeutic modalities of Chinese Medicine which include:
- Dietary therapy
- Massage therapy (Tui Na)
- Exercise therapy (tai chi and qi gong)
- Herbal Medicine
- Electric Stimulation