Acupuncture is one part of traditional Chinese Medicine, which also includes herbal medicine, nutrition, body therapy called Tui-Na, and movement therapies such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi. It is very effective in alleviating a variety of health concerns, ranging from adverse reactions to radio- or chemotherapy, pain, allergies, chronic degenerative disease, stress and insomnia.
An acupuncture physician follows the holistic health care principles of traditional Chinese medicine which are quite different from a Western medical approach. Health, in holistic terms means integrity, adaptability and organ functioning at optimum levels for that particular person at that moment in time. The Merriam-Webster definition of health is simply the condition of being well or free from disease.
In holistic health care, the whole person is treated: body, mind and spirit. The focus is on promoting ongoing wellness versus simply treating symptoms. Based on the patient’s presentation on the day of treatment, the acupuncture physician often includes points that help with emotional imbalances in addition to physical improvements.
In Chinese medicine, we are not separate from nature. In fact, an acupuncturists looks at the body as a garden, which is a dynamic and self-regulating system, which needs water, fertilizer and sun, but also needs tilling of soil and weeding out undesirable elements. The goal is to nurture a body’s inner ecosystem so that the person can reap health and harmony.
Acupuncture is not a “quick fix”. Instead it helps to support and rebalance the body’s natural energies. It requires active participation – after all, you wouldn’t simply plant seeds in the ground and expect them to bloom or produce fruits untended. It’s the same with your health. Working with your acupuncturist and committing to long-term care can create positive changes now and in the future.