Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is a healthcare practice that has been used for over 2,000 years. It is a non-invasive, natural approach for promoting overall well-being with few or no side effects. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as helpful in the treatment of over 200 conditions.
Chinese Medicine is a complete healthcare system on its own, which can also be used in conjunction with Western treatment approaches.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) through distinct pathways. Acupuncture improves the flow of Qi and Xue to areas where it is depleted and disperses it from where it is in excess. This restores and regulates the energetic balance of the body.
Physiologically, acupuncture normalizes the neuro-endocrine system by:
- Adjusting hormone levels to bring about balance. This is especially evident when treating menopause, women’s health challenges, infertility, and sleep disorders.
- Reducing inflammation, which is a significant factor in many chronic illnesses through the release of cytokines (cell messengers). Reduced inflammation speeds healing.
- Releasing endorphins (a subset of cytokines), which reduces pain. These are the body’s natural, feel good chemicals.
In addition, Chinese Medicine can support healing in people with compromised immune systems.
All of these benefits may reduce the need for medications for the treatment of challenges such pain, depression, and sleep disorders.
Health Concerns Addressed
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as useful in the treatment of over 200 conditions, including:
||· Stress Relief
|· Musculo-skeletal pain
||· Sports Injuries
||· Digestive problems
|· Post stroke therapy
||· Heartburn/acid reflux
||· Prostate problems
||· Foot pain
||· Menstrual irregularities
||· Other bowel disorders
||· Withdrawal symptoms
Chinese Medicine Therapies
Below is a list of some of the Chinese Medicine Therapies available:
- Chinese Herbs
- Chinese Therapeutic Massage
- Moxibustion Therapy
- Qi Gong