Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates the use of several different treatment modalities, the primary and most popular form of which is acupuncture. While more and more people in the West have received and benefitted from acupuncture in recent years, it is still a treatment option that is unfamiliar to many people – they may have heard of it but often don’t really know what it’s all about or appreciate its effectiveness.
The treatment most commonly provided at our clinic is acupuncture. Acupuncture is the insertion of sterilized, single-use, hair-like in size needles into various points located throughout the body. Specific points are selected based on the condition being treated. The procedure is not painful, although it is not uncommon to feel an ache, tightness, or a sensation of heaviness momentarily upon the initial insertion. These needles, strategically placed, generate a physiologic response in the body which in turn allows for healing to take place. The use of mild electrical stimulation is incorporated into the treatment when it is appropriate as in the case of certain pain presentations.
Other treatment modalities are often used as an adjunct to acupuncture therapy to improve overall treatment effectiveness. These may include one or more of the following: herbal medicine, cupping, tui-na (Chinese massage), and moxibustion (a form of heat therapy). Most patients receiving acupuncture care at our clinic also incorporate herbal medicine into their treatment regimen.
We recommend that patients eat a healthy and balanced diet, regularly engage in moderate exercise, take time to relax and breathe deeply for at least a few minutes every day. These basic things do in fact make an appreciable difference in our health and in the quality of our lives.