How Does It Work?

Acupuncture has been practiced around the world for thousands of years, and is a part of a comprehensive health system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  According to TCM theory, disease is believed to arise from imbalance in the body’s energy flow, or qi (pronounced “chee”).

Qi travels within specific pathways, known as meridians or channels.  Through the stimulation of specific points along these channels, the qi becomes balanced, allowing the body to heal itself.  Ultimately, the goal of TCM is to help reestablish qi flow to maintain or restore good health.

What Does TCM Treat?

Though acupuncture is perhaps best known for its ability to relieve pain, TCM has something to offer almost every condition because acupuncture treats the whole person (although some conditions respond readily to  treatment while others are more challenging.)  TCM focuses primarily on the person, and secondarily on the illness.

Because TCM is an entire health system, it treats a wide variety of ailments.  Some of these include:

  • Pain: such as arthritis, headaches, neuralgia, back, neck, and shoulder as well as musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Digestive Difficulties: such as diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastritis.
  • Bladder Disorders: including incontinence, urinary tract infections, and prostatitis.
  • Reproductive and Fertility Problems: such as infertility in women and men, irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, and menopausal symptoms.
  • Circulatory Problems: such as high blood pressure and anemia.
  • Emotional Issues: including depression, insomnia and anxiety.
  • Supportive Therapy: reduction of nausea and vomiting and the side effects of chemotherapy, as well as supporting addiction detoxification and stroke rehabilitation.
  • Breathing Problems: acute conditions such as colds and flu and chronic respiratory conditions such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.
  • Preventative Health: including illness prevention, stress management, and wellness care.

And much, much more!

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Chinese herbs) are just two of the modalities within the healing system of TCM.  It also includes gua sha and cupping, moxibustion, movement exercises (such as Tai Ji and Qi Gong), and tui na (a specialized massage technique.)  Click here for more information on these very important components of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

For More Information

To learn more about acupuncture and Oriental Medicine please visit our page on Frequently Asked Questions and Other TCM Resources.