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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Article by Trina M. Seligman
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the body at specific points along a meridian. These points have been “mapped” by the Chinese practitioners for over 2000 years (there are 365 regular points and several hundred “extra” points).
What Health Concerns Might Acupuncture Be Useful For?
Mental Health including Anxiety, Depression, ADD/ADHD
Gynecological disorders including Infertility, PMS, and Menopause
Respiratory disorders including Asthma and Allergy
Gastrointestinal Disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Neurological complaints including Migraine, Tension Headache, Sciatica etc.
Orthopedic problems including Back/Neck/Joint pain, and the list goes on…
Assistance in stop smoking, or other addictions
What Is Qi ?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Qi (pronounced “Chee”) means the energy,which flows through the meridians (channels) in the body in a manner similar to, but not identical to the nervous system or circulatory system. Acupuncture can regulate the flow of energy by moving it away from areas that have too much ( ie. Which can cause pain) to areas which do not have enough (ie. Low energy, weakness).
What Will Acupuncture Feel Like?
Acupuncture is considered to be relatively painless, however, with correct stimulation the movement of “Qi” for a patient may cause a sensation that has been described as heaviness or tingling or sometimes electric in nature. This sensation may be at the location of the needle or may travel up or down the meridian (energy pathway) that is being affected. This sensation is desirable for the patient as it is a sign that the patients’ Qi is adjusting towards balance.
Information about the Needles:
Prior to the insertion of the needles, all points are cleaned with an alcohol swab. All needles are pre-sterilized, disposable needles. This means only sterile needles are used on a patient, one time only. Once used, they are discarded appropriately as indicated by OSHA regulation. Following removal of the needle, a sterile cotton may be used to cover the hole made by the needle, however you will find that bleeding from any site is rare.
Acupuncture can be very effective with just one treatment, however in many chronic illnesses treatment is recommended once weekly for 6-10 weeks and will be reduced in frequency depending upon response. In cases of acute illness, treatment is recommended twice weekly.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Article by Trina M. Seligman