What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a healing system of Eastern medicine developed in China more than 2,000 years ago, incorporating therapies and techniques that have proven results. One of its guiding principles is that the body has the capacity to heal itself when an internal balance is achieved. In addition to healing illness, TCM focuses on strengthening the body’s defenses and enhancing its capacity for healing and obtaining optimal health.

What are the Benefits of Chinese Herbs?

There is clinical evidence that proves the efficacy of Chinese herbs to stimulate the body in self healing. Chinese herbs assist the body to combat disease and they also nourish and re-balance organal systems to improve internal functionality. While pharmaceutical drugs usually are prescribed only to control symptoms, these powerful herbs instead correct the very cause of the symptom. For instance, an antibiotic will kill bacteria but will do nothing to help the body protect itself from being infected again in the future and in fact may make it more vulnerable.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Remember the saying “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks“? When you experience pain, your nerves create a specific pathway and connect to your brain. When you continue to experience a pain over and over, that same pathway becomes more deeply ingrained, and your brain establishes a strong memory of that experience so that each time it happens that ‘pain file’ is quickly accessible. By activating specific points with acupuncture, we’re helping your nervous system use new ways of problem solving by accessing different sets of nerves to approach a set of symptoms. We’re helping your body establish new habits of healing. For some people, this takes one treatment. For others, this takes several treatments.

Types of Treatment

During your exam, I will conduct a thorough evaluation and obtain a complete health history.  Your symptoms and background information are pieces of a diagnostic health puzzle that will allow me to develop a unique treatment plan to address your individual concerns.