Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Many Western-trained physicians have begun to see the benefits that traditional Chinese medicine has to offer patients and now include acupuncture, in some part of their practice. While acupuncture is normally associated with the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, many people are not aware that acupuncture is only one component of traditional Chinese medicine. It is the most commonly practiced, but is simply one component of this vast medicine system. A very important piece of a larger puzzle. There are several other methods that make up the other pieces in Traditional Chinese medicine. Adjunctive techniques such as acupressure, magnetic, thermal (heat), or electrical stimulation, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, massage (tuina/shiatsu); herbal medicines; diet and lifestyle changes; meditation; and exercise (qigong or tai chi) are also used. All these components are designed to complete the puzzle helping patients achieve and maintain optimal health.

These effective medical treatments can help to stop pain, influence blood flow, improve digestion, relieve stress, balance hormones, improve fertility, and ease pregnancy symptoms. Acupuncture works by activating various "points" on the body. These specific points stimulate all systems of the body including the brain, nervous system, musculoskeletal system and internal organs to rebalance and harmonize the body and mind.

More Americans are using acupuncture, herbal remedies, and other components of traditional Chinese medicine than ever before. These reasons vary, but the increasing interest in, and use of, TCM is due in large part to its effectiveness, affordability and lack of adverse side-effects compared to Western medicine. While most insurances do not cover a lot of the expenses of traditional Chinese medicine treatments, it is still worthwhile to explore how this medicine can help you to complete the puzzle and achieve your health goals.