Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an approach to health that is thousands of years old. The basic principle is that symptoms and diseases are a reflection of physical, mental, emotional, or energetic imbalance. The body will return to its natural state of health once balance is achieved.
Acupuncture is one of several treatments employed by practitioners of TCM to address imbalances. Acupuncture works by promoting the flow of energy, or Qi, through your meridians, which are channels of energy that connect your organs and travel throughout your body. TCM and acupuncture can help with many health issues, such as:
Patients often want to know what an acupuncture treatment is like. First of all, the acupuncture needles are sterile and disposable to insure patient and physician safety. They are also very thin, so you may not even feel when your physician inserts them. If you do, common sensations are likened to a pinch, pressure, vibration, itching, or slight burning. These sensations reflect a movement of Qi in the area, which is a very good sign.
Other TCM modalities include cupping, moxa, gua sha, and Chinese herbs. Each treatment has a specific purpose and treatment effect, adding depth and variety to tools available to the physician. Patients are routinely prescribed Chinese herbs to take daily, which support the effects of the other treatments.
In order to prescribe the most efficacious treatment, your naturopathic physician must first arrive at an accurate TCM diagnosis, which requires skill and experience. By looking at your tongue, feeling your pulse, and identifying symptom patterns, your physician can identify deficiencies, excesses, stagnation, and other imbalances.
Patients are often amazed at the results they achieve. This is a testament to the amazing power of the TCM approach and the modalities that support the body to regain balance, harmony and health. Click here to schedule an appointment with an SCNM physician or resident, or call 480.428.3232.