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What is TCM? (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a modern approach to a very old and traditional way of healing the body. Influenced & designed for western practitioners, it draws upon knowledge developed over thousands of years of study, clinical trials & application. TCM encompasses many different techniques including acupuncture, moxabustion (a herb burned over or applied to the skin for a deep warming effect), cupping (the application of glass or silicone cups to large muscle groups to break up stagnation & increase blood flow), herbal and dietary therapy, Tai Chi and Qi Gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing and mental focus).

How does it work?

Single-use, sterile, non-toxic needles, which are 10x smaller than a hypodermic needle are inserted into acupuncture points on the body, in the ears or on the scalp. This is done to balance the opposing yin and yang energies of the body to create homeostasis (the body’s ability to regulate and balance its internal environment). Acupuncture has been proven to increase blood flow & vasodilation in several areas of the body. This is important as our blood carries all the necessary components for healing. Decreased blood flow to any area of the body will lead to the development of disease. The theory of exactly how acupuncture can achieve this is quite simple. Our energy or “Qi” flow is what are called meridians or pathways along the outer surface of the body, which are like rivers. If there becomes an obstruction along one of these rivers, the flow of Qi and blood will be impeded, like a dam. Blood will pool behind and circulation will be cut off in front of this dam. By following clues detected through a detailed diagnosis these obstructions can be located and needles inserted appropriately to re-establish proper circulation of qi & blood. Acupuncture also stimulates the body to release its own, very powerful, natural pain-killers.

Why should I give it a try?

Whether what you are doing, or have done in the past in not working, or you just want to try a more natural approach, acupuncture ,may be the answer for you. Most people admit to feeling very calm and relaxed during and after a treatment. This allows the body’s own self healing abilities to kick in. There are few negative side effects and usually more than a few positive ones. Whether it is a cold or a flu, an acute injury, chronic pain, stress or an internal condition. It could be the relief you are looking for!

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