Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine dating back thousands of years. TCM has four main branches; Acupuncture, Tuina massage, Moxibustion, and Herbal medicine. It is a sophisticated, complex and highly systematized form of energy medicine that has been developed, refined and handed down for hundreds of generations. Before the advent of Western medicine in the late 1800's, Traditional Oriental Medicine was the sole source of medicine in Asia, effectively serving a population of millions. Today, hospitals in China offer both Western and TCM side by side, and in remoter rural areas, it is still the main form of medical treatment. 

Acupuncture is the practice of healing the body through the insertion of needles into highly specific points on the body that relate to the body's energy (meridian) system. Meridians are channels of energy in the body that relate to specific organs and physiological functions. Acupuncturists use needles to remove blockages, balance and heal interrupted energy flow in the meridians. Acupuncture is used to relieve pain, and restore normal functioning to the musculo-skeletal system, the internal organs and the sensory organs. It is used successfully to treat a wide range of health problems, in fact, there are few conditions which are not benefitted by acupuncture. 

Tuina massage is a type of medically oriented massage that is more specific than most forms of massage that Westerners are more familiar with. It is used to deal directly with problems at the level of the fascia, the muscles, the tendons, the ligaments, and the joints to release energetic blockages, restore mobility, normalize function, and relieve pain. Due to its long history of use in the martial arts, Tuina, used in conjunction with herbal liniments, effectively treats the immediate effects of traumatic injury, namely, bruising, swelling and pain, while it supports and accelerates the healing process of injured tissues. It is also highly effective for relieving chronic musculo-skeletal pain syndromes due to it’s ability to break up energetic stagnation from old injuries. 

Moxibustion is the burning of the herb moxa (mugwort) over specific areas of the body to energize and disperse stagnation. Along with deep heating and improved circulation, moxa imparts it's unique energetic properties, directly affecting the body's energy system. The pungent smell of burning moxa is a hallmark of a TCM clinic. 

Herbal Medicine and Oriental food therapy have been used to treat disease in the Orient for thousands of years. Chinese herbal medicine uses a unique energetic based system of formulation that is highly individualized to fit each person's constitution and pattern of illness. In the TCM pharmecopia, there are thousands of herbal formulations. Herbs and food are used to treat everything from the common cold and menopausal imbalances to more complex conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and arthritis (to name a few). 

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