What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which originated in China, has existed for thousands of years. It is widely-used as a complement or alternative to western medicine, and comprises several natural healing remedies such as acupuncture, herbs, massage therapy as well as other natural treatments.
TCM is based on the premise that the individual is an important part of his or her surrounding world, and the human body can be adversely affected by external factors.
At the foundation of TCM is the premise that the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”)—or energy flow—becomes imbalanced. Qi blockages may be caused by many different factors, such as diet, emotional problems, spiritual issues, as well as stress and psychological concerns. Through the use of herbs and acupuncture needles—Qi can be rebalanced, and the body’s health restored.
Yin and Yang
Traditional Chinese Medicine is also concerned with balancing yin and yang—the two opposite phenomena in the body, similar to night and day or hot and cold. Yin tends to be colder and more restful, whereas yang tends to be hotter, full of energy and heat. Balancing yin and yang is fundamental to optimal health and well-being.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most well-known and widely-used aspects of TCM. It can be used to treat a wide variety of health concerns, including:
- Pain relief
- Stress management
- Smoking cessation
- Digestive issues
- Sleep problems
- Migraines and headaches
- Menstrual problems
- Weight loss, and
- Anti-aging, among many others
Acupuncture procedures involve placing needles at particular points on the body—called meridians—which affect the body’s organs. The body has 12 regular meridians and over 360 acupuncture points along the meridians. Acupuncture also treats eight additional meridians along the body. Acupuncture helps to heal the mind-body connection, and unblocks and restores Qi balance so that energy can flow freely. Modern acupuncture needles are made of sterile, stainless steel, which make them safe, hygienic, and virtually painless.
Acupuncture is widely used by naturopathic doctors as an effective natural healing method. Like other naturopathic methods, acupuncture works to treat the whole person, rather than only specific symptoms.
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