Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are the two main treatment methods used in the practice of Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM):
Acupuncture is the art of stimulating specific points on the body for pain relief and other therapeutic purposes, using very fine needles. The points correspond to a network of “meridians” or energy channels (Qi, pronounced
“chee”) flowing through the body. Besides modulating the flow of energy, some points are known to affect the function of specific organs or systems, such as the liver or the immune system, for example.
Chinese herbology uses combinations of herbs to achieve balance in the body. Over thousands of years of use, herbs have been classified as to their precise mechanism of action according to the principles of Traditional
Chinese Medicine. In the past few decades, laboratory research has supported many of the uses of Chinese herbs and explained them in Western Medical terms.
Herbs complement acupuncture by correcting imbalances in the amount of Qi, blood, yin, and yang in the body. Individual formulas use anywhere from 3 to 20 herbs and can be custom blended for each patient’s specific needs.