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What is Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical tradition of over 3000 years. It includes acupuncture and herbal treatment as well as massage, dietary therapy, meditation and exercise. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population who reside in the Orient and it is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.

What can I expect from treatment?

Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and herbs; however, some conditions which have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and life-style will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine is also an educational process in which the patient becomes more aware of his or her own body, thus increasing its ability to maintain well being.

Although there are techniques in Traditional Chinese Medicine for healing most conditions, there are medical circumstances which can be dealt with more effectively by Western Medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend that you contact a physician. As is the case in China, acupuncture should be seen as complementary to Western Medicine.

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled acupuncturist is almost painless. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment.

What can it treat?

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders.