Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use various mind and body practices such as acupuncture and cupping, as well as herbal products to address health problems.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force- known as QI- believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
A key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.
Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes including: help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well- being, as a type of deep- tissue massage.
The placement of the suctioning device is important as there are acupuncture points that the Acupuncturist will place a cup on each to help relieve your pain. Or the cups can be placed around a specific problem region. It was thought in ancient China that by stimulating these areas, you could rid the body of negative energies like diseases and pain.
A more modern version of cupping is used in our office, where a suction pump is used to create a vacuum inside the cup. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.
To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, the Acupuncturist may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. They may also examine, the parts of your body that are painful, the shape and coating and color of your tongue, the color of your face & the strength and rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist.
The initial evaluation treatment may take up to 60 minutes and follow up visits range from half- hour to 45- minutes.
During the treatment, the acupuncturist will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing (a gown will be provided).
After the treatment, some patients feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment, however, not everyone responds immediately.
“Acupuncture works by restoring the balance and triggering the body’s natural response.”
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