What is Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest and continually used medical systems in the world. This well-developed form of healthcare has evolved not in a laboratory, but from over 3,000 years of clinical experience, resulting in time-tested, safe and effective treatments for an enormous range of illnesses.
The primary modalities utilized under TCM are Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tui na (Chinese medical massage), movement and breathing exercises, and diet and lifestyle education. The combination of these modalities promotes the body’s own healing mechanism to heal itself, and to maintain strength and adaptability to the changing environmental stresses. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine addresses not only the symptoms of an illness, but also the underlying cause as well. It not only is effective for both chronic and acute conditions, but has traditionally been used as a form of preventative medicine.
How Does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Work?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine works by adjusting and balancing the flow of Qi (pronounced “Chi”) in the body. The full concept of Qi is not easy to translate, but one can think of it as vital life force or energy. Any misdirection, blockage, or other derangement of the amount, flow, or balance of Qi may result in pain, dysfunction, and sickness.
In the past thousands of years, Chinese medicine have not only traced out the pathways of the Qi flow, but learned how to affect it by acupuncture or other means of Chinese medicine to restore its normal balance, allowing the body to repair and maintain its own health. Each pathway, also known as channel or meridian, has a close relationship to a specific organ, which means Chinese medicine can treat many internal medical problems effectively.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When performed by a competently trained, licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is a very safe and effective form of healing. At Rejuvenation Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic, we use only individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles. So there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.