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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete healthcare system that has been used in China and other asian countries for the past 5,000 years. TCM includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi Gong, massage, and diet and lifestyle guidance.


Acupuncture is part of a Chinese healthcare system that has been around for at least 5,000 years, making it the oldest and longest-standing healthcare system in the world. It is used to re-balance disharmonies within the body and maintain overall health for the body, mind and spirit. Its holistic approach offers a very safe and effective treatment for all ages from infants to the elderly. Treatments are not only focused on treating an already existing health condition, but also on the prevention of diseases. Unlike the Western medical system that focuses treatment on the branches of illness, acupuncture focuses on treating the root of the condition so it will be eliminated completely and successfully.

What is Qi and How Does It Affect My Health?

When we are in good health, we have an abundance of Qi (pronounced chee), our “vital energy” that flows freely within the body through our meridians (a network of channels within the body). When Qi becomes blocked or insufficient within the meridians, the body does not maintain balance and harmony, this will then result in illness and disease. The proper flow of Qi is affected by poor diet, stress, lack of exercise, overwork, weather, pathogens and environmental conditions as well as any lifestyle factors that can cause disharmonies within the body. A practitioner of Chinese Medicine determines the imbalances by taking a close look at not only the presenting signs and symptoms of the condition, but the patient’s medical history, constitution, tongue and pulse.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Very fine needles are inserted into specific sites (acupuncture points) on the body along the meridians and stimulated to clear obstructions, improve circulation and re-establish proper flow of Qi. Once balance is regained, illness is no longer present. Other modalities of stimulation to regain proper flow of Qi include moxibustion, fire cupping, electro-stimulation, gua sha, ear seeds, and massage.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are used to treat a full spectrum of ailments that include anything from a cold/flu to autoimmune disorders, insomnia, acute or chronic conditions, as well as mental/emotional issues.

Susie Kim | Licensed Acupuncturist

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