Acupuncture and TCM Philosophy
Acupuncture is one of several practices used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which utilizes the insertion of thin needles through the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. These points fall along meridians, or paths along which the life energy of “Qi” flows. A major tenant of TCM is that stagnation, or blockage, of blood and Qi causes imbalance that leads to disease. Acupuncture unblocks stagnant meridians, and regulates healthy flow through these channels, thereby stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Because this technique affects the entire body, and not just the precise points stimulated, it can affect multiple organ systems at once, and is used to address countless health concerns.
Preparing for Acupuncture
Acupuncture sessions typically last 30 minutes, in order for you to experience the full benefit of treatment in a relaxing setting. It is helpful to eat a small, light meal well in advance of your session, so that you feel satiated and not uncomfortable. Many of the acupuncture points our practitioners access are on the arms and legs, and wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing allows for easier access to these areas.
During an Acupuncture Session
After a brief consultation to determine the precise points to be used in the session, patients recline comfortably on the treatment table. The practitioner will insert between 5 and 15 pre-sterilized, fine needles, according to your health needs and tolerance. Most patients report a state of deep relaxation during acupuncture treatments, a sensation which can last for hours afterward.
The most common conditions our physicians manage with acupuncture include:
- Asthma and respiratory disease
- Sexual dysfunction, menstrual irregularities, and fertility
- Localized muscular and joint pain
- Sleep disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- High blood pressure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other GI conditions
- Generalized prevention and wellness