Acupuncture is used extensively for a variety of medical purposes ranging from the prevention and treatment of disease to relieving pain. As in many oriental medicine practices, the emphasis of acupuncture is on prevention. In traditional Chinese medicine, the highest form of medicine enables you to live a long, healthy life.
Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) is an ancient medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body. CCM is not “New Age,” nor is it a patchwork of different healing modalities. CCM is a complete medical system that has been practiced for more than five thousand years.
At the heart of CCM is the tenet that the root cause of illnesses, not their symptoms, must be treated. In modern-day terms, CCM is holistic in its approach; it views every aspect of a person—body, mind, spirit, and emotions—as part of one complete circle rather than loosely connected pieces to be treated individually.
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques, including the insertion of thin metal needles though the skin. It is intended to remove blockages in the flow of qi (vital energy) and restore and maintain health. It aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.
Often, in the course of your acupuncture treatment, the therapist will prescribe an herbal formula to supplement the effect of the acupuncture treatment over time, sustaining the momentum between treatments. Traditional Chinese medicine uses herbs to restore balance in the body by supporting the body’s own physiological tendency towards health and well being. Unlike western pharmaceuticals, Chinese herbal formulas work with your body to attain the desired result of restored health and wellbeing.