What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic medical practice that has existed for more than 3,000 years. It is utilized by nearly one-third of the world’s population as a primary health care system or adjunctive therapy. TCM includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition/lifestyle counseling, Tuina massage, cupping, guasha, moxibustion, and Qigong. At the heart of Chinese medicine is the principle of treating the person as an integrated whole in body, mind and spirit. The goal is to return the body to a balanced state by addressing the root cause of illness and dis-ease, not just the symptoms.
What is acupuncture and does it hurt?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. It has been found to promote natural healing through the release of endorphins for pain management, increased blood circulation, and general physiological balance. A number of sensations may be felt during an acupuncture treatment such as a dull ache, tingling, movement, or itchiness. This is generally an indication that the acupuncture is working; however, at any point a needle can be adjusted or removed depending on an individual’s comfort level. In general, most people find treatment relaxing and restorative.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can positively affect a wide variety of conditions and symptoms as follows, although not all-inclusive.
Acute and chronic pain
Anxiety, depression, PTSD
Arthritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
Asthma and allergies
Common cold, sore throat
Digestive problems (i.e., gas, bloating, reflux, constipation, diarrhea)
Ear and eye problems
Fibromyalgia, other autoimmune diseases
Immune system support
Infertility and In-vitro Fertilization
Menstrual and menopausal issues
Nausea, morning sickness
Numbness and tingling
For complex medical conditions, such as cancer or progressive neurological disorders, acupuncture is often supportive and provided as an adjunct to other medical treatments. Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries: Motor vehicle accidents can cause a variety of physical pain, in addition to insomnia and mental-emotional distress. Please feel free to contact our clinic to discuss options regarding use of your PIP coverage for acupuncture treatment.
What are the requirements to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine?
To become a competent and qualified TCM practitioner in the United States, it requires three to four years of full time post-graduate study at an accredited educational institution. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible for national board certification through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Specific requirements vary by state; however, most states require national board certification as a prerequisite for state certification or licensure. TCM practitioners must adhere to stringent rules that ensure licensing and training is current.
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