Acupuncture Basics


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system greater than 3,000 years old that is used to diagnose and treat illness. It is a superb preventive and maintenance medicine and is an excellent complementary medicine effectively treating a wide variety of health disorders.
TCM enhances and safely integrates with all modalities of health care.


Acupuncture is the insertion of disposable needles that are hair-thin to stimulate areas of low electrical resistance called acupoints. The intent is to correct impaired neurovascular flow and hormonal imbalances, thereby restoring health to the body and mind.


Practitioners of TCM may also stimulate acupoints with heat (infrared or moxibustion which is herbal heat therapy), acupressure, or a gentle electrical current (electroacupuncture).  Other methods used are cupping and guasha for detoxification and stimulation of circulation in specific areas. Tuina massage utilizes the principles of acupuncture without the needles and is the favored modality for children.











Herbs act on the body to produce a balanced state of health and well-being. Herb teas and pills are gentle by comparison to conventional pharmaceutical drugs because active ingredients in herbs are not extracted and concentrated.


Herbal prescriptions are carefully evaluated by me for any possible herb/drug interactions. Herbal prescriptions are intended only for the person prescribed. They should not be given to or shared with anyone else.


You can also read: An Introduction to Acupuncture ‘What is Acupuncture: Does it hurt?’

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