An Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years. It provides a holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease.

An Introduction to Acupuncture

In the simplest of terms, Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the body to stimulate acupoints. There are various acupressure (using firm massage to stimulate the acupoints) and acupuncture techniques and they differ from country to country. In the U.S., Chinese acupuncture or acupuncture based on traditional Chinese medicine is the most common. It is what we practice at the Acupuncture Center and so, it is what we will cover.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Chinese acupuncture has been used across the world for thousands of years. Like all traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture provides a holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease. The tools and techniques of acupuncture work with the body's natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Because of this emphasis on enhancing the body’s own innate healing capabilities, acupuncture is a wonderful complement to Western medicine in our quest for health.

Acupuncture and Herbs

Herbal medicine is an integral part of the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, and so, is often used in acupuncture. With over 400 commonly used medicinal herbs in the TCM pharmacopeia, which are combined into more than 600 commonly used herbal formulas, the practice of traditional Chinese herbal medicine is highly refined and very powerful. A qualified herbal practitioner can prescribe combinations of all-natural acupuncture herbs to address specific patterns of disharmony and help bring you back to a healthy state.

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