Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM is more than 3500 years old and is one of the oldest systems of medicine. Although Acupuncture originated in China during the Shang Dynasty, 1600-1100 B.C. it only became popular in the Western hemisphere since approximately the 1970’s. Acupuncture, began with the discovery that stimulating specific areas of the skin affected physiological functioning of the body, which restored and maintained health.
TCM views and takes on a holistic approach of treating the body as a whole. The body is viewed as a microcosm of the natural cycles which occur around us and observe the interconnectedness of all the body’s systems. Our body is made up of vital energy, “Qi” pronounced “chee”. Qi flows through the body and performs multiple functions to help maintain health. Mind and body are not separated which aids in understanding the normal function of disease processes and focuses attention not only on balancing the body, but also on the prevention of illness. Good health relies on the maintenance of balance and harmony within the body.
Acupuncture and TCM modalities can help correct and balance the flow of the body. When healthy, our “Qi” flow, vital energy flows through the body’s meridians (a network of channels which are unseen through the body). If the flow of qi is inadequate, or it becomes blocked, the body fails to maintain balance and harmony, what ensues is illness or disease. Some factors which can predispose someone to imbalances include stress, overwork, poor diet, environmental and lifestyle factors.
TCM encompasses 7 different modalities which are utilized to help individuals achieve and maintain health. The modalities include: Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tuina Massage, Cupping, Guasha/Scraping, TCM Nutrition and TCM Herbal Medicine.