What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is rooted in the Eastern philosophy of the Five Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood). The process of natural healing is based on the balance and interrelationship of all material things in the universe.
What does this mean? Let’s take the ever-popular Yin-Yang symbol for an example. Yin representing night and Yang, day. If you notice, in the black side of the symbol you’ll see a circle of white, and in the white side, a circle of black. Completely opposite in qualities, yet depend on one another. Night and darkness cannot exist without light and day, and visa-versa. This poetic explanation of balance and harmony is the foundation of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is the bulletproof guide to how practitioners of Chinese Medicine treat the mind, body, and spirit, as one single unity.
Acupuncture allows the body to regulate the patient’s constitution by using its own healing potential. By focusing on the root of the imbalance, rather than the symptom alone, the body is able to heal properly with permanent recovery.
Treatments are customized to each patient depending on what specific disharmony or ailment is affecting them.
How does acupuncture work?
The human body has a miraculous capacity to heal itself – Acupuncture is just the modality to help in that process. In order to understand Acupuncture, think of the body as a variety of pathways (or meridians). For the Acupuncturist, these energetic pathways are understood and best described as freeways of information that can be finely tuned. Each needle inserted into a "point" acts as a dial, of sorts, recalibrating, reinvigorating and unblocking those meridians. The energetic information is then freely carried through those energy super highways to nourish organs and stimulate the peripheral nervous system.
Are there side effects?
Acupuncture is a safe, non-surgical and non-pharmacological solution to a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture therapy requires the use of sterile, disposable stainless steel hair-thin needles during treatments. Acupuncture needles are used only once and and do not cause any pain or discomfort to most patients. Often, you don't even feel them being inserted into the tissue. Acupuncture is not toxic and does not cause any negative side effects.
* It is recommended that each patient eat a light meal or snack before their acupuncture session to avoid possible lightheadedness.