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What Is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine is an ancient system of healing, mostly consisting of Chinese herbs and acupuncture, developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan and other Eastern countries. Today there are over 3,000,000 practitioners worldwide.

What Is Acupuncture?

Over the last 50 years an increasing number of people in the West have trained to become acupuncturists. The practice of acupuncture is thought to have begun with the discovery that the stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs of the body. It has evolved into a system of medicine that restores and maintains health by the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points just beneath the body's surface. These points are in very specific locations and lie on channels of energy. Moxibustion, the warming of acupuncture points through the use of smoldering herbs, is often used as a supplement and the needles may also be stimulated using a small electric current.

Here in the West, acupuncture has been misleadingly publicized as only being helpful in specific conditions, such as the relief of pain. It is, in fact extremely effective in a wide variety of conditions through its power to stimulate the mind and body's own healing response.

What Are The Benefits of Chinese Medicine?

As more Americans are discovering that Western medicine alone does not always produce results, they are turning to acupuncture as a natural way to heal, without side effects of drugs and chemically based remedies. Chinese medicine is very effective for a wide range of conditions including physical, mental, and emotional problems. What are the most common problems treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs? Chinese medicine is commonly recognized for treating the following:

How does Acupuncture work?

In Chinese Medicine it is believed that pathways called channels run throughout the body. Qi (pronounce Chee), Chinese for energy, runs within these channels. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly, a person can develop both physical and mental symptoms. By inserting needles into the body in points along these meridians, an acupuncturist can help the Qi flow properly. When the Qi is flowing smoothly the body can heal itself.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very different from Injection needles. Acupuncture needles are much smaller, in most cases just slightly thicker than a strand of hair. Acupuncture needles taper at the end to slide smoothly into the point whereas injection needles have a hollow angled point which cuts into the skin. Most acupuncturists do look for some sensation around the needle. Patients may feel distention, warmth, or movement around the needle. In some cases they may feel something in other areas of the body. Sometimes a patient may feel a sensation even after the needle is pulled out. All these signs are natural and considered good responses. Many patients get an overall feeling of relaxation while the needles are retained. Some even sleep through the treatment. After the treatment some patients feel completely refreshed, while others may feel like they have just woken from a deep sleep.

How Often Should I Receive Acupuncture?

In acute conditions a patient should receive acupuncture several times a week. When symptoms improve patient can go two or three weeks between treatments. After patients recover fully they may come in for maintenance treatments however often they feel like. Regular tune up treatments can be given to a patient with no major complaints as a form of preventative medicine. Tune ups are also a great way to relax.

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