Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine are components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a system of care that has reversed common health problems for more than 2,500 years. The methodologies have been passed down through the ages by some of the best and brightest minds in China. Emperors and members of the royal courts used acupuncture and herbal medicine to help them live into their 90’s. They actually stayed fertile into their 80’s at a time when the average life expectancy in the West was 30 years!
TCM works by re-organizing or re-patterning energy cycles throughout the body. If you’ve ever had the feeling that you were stuck in a rut, it could literally be because your natural pathways were obstructed.
Acupuncture Pin-points Your Natural Rhythms
Acupuncture is a key component of TCM in which thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Acupuncture helps your body re-calibrate itself and propels you toward a more balanced and sustainable way of living.
Peer-reviewed research shows that it can be more effective than a placebo for headaches, anxiety, sleep disturbances, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, hormonal problems and chronic pain.
Learn more about how acupuncture works here.
Chinese Herbs Balance Your Natural Rhythms
Unlike western herbal therapy which is single-herb based, Chinese herbal medicine combines many different formulas to balance the body and facilitate healing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses an individualized approach and evaluate each person as a unique unit. If any part of the unit doesn’t function properly, the body as a whole, is thrown off balance. This method addresses BOTH the root cause of the problem and the resulting symptom thus promoting long-term vitality.
The Wellness Place carries only high-quality herbal and nutritional products with a proven record of safety. Many of the most beneficial herbs are simply concentrated doses of natural foods.
Other TCM Services
Cupping Therapy: Remember the cupping mark on Michael Phelps at the last Olympics? Many athletes use cupping therapy for injury relief and performance improvement. Cupping is not exclusive to just Chinese Medicine. Egyptians, Greeks and even North American Indians used the practice to promote naturally healing.
Think of cupping as the opposite of massage. Using a technique called “sliding cupping” suction cups are placed over lubricated areas, (most commonly the back) and then slid back and forth. Rather than applying pressure to push muscles down, suction pulls skin, tissue and muscles upward. The process helps remove toxins and stimulate blood flow.
Cupping can combine with acupuncture or it be used alone. The benefits of cupping include relief from stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, muscle aches, red itchy skin conditions or fever.
Moxabistion (Moxa): Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which “moxa” (mugwort – a dried herb) is burned near the skin’s surface. The process warms key regions of the body and stimulates connection points. It stimulates circulation and promotes smoother blood flow. Moxibustion can be especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems and in boosting the immune system.
E-Stim: Electroacupuncture, also known as e-stim uses the same points as acupuncture, and operates on a similar principle. The difference is that the needles are attached to a device that sends electrical currents or pulses into the body. In this way, e-stim could be looked at as an amped-up form of acupuncture! In clinical studies, e-stim has shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, particularly those that are chronic such as pain, muscle spasms and neurological issues.