TCM and You
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a healing paradigm that has developed over the last three millennia in China and is currently used in state-of-the art teaching hospitals across that country. Millions of people a year are treated around the world. Acupuncture can be used for a wide variety of ailments (click here for the World Health Organization’s complete list). In my experience, acupuncture is particularly well-suited for people with acute or chronic pain concerns, mood disorders, women’s health issues, and any type of symptom that seems to be exacerbated by stress.
In addition to acupuncture, I also incorporate Chinese herbal medicine in patient care. Many people have heard of acupuncture, but few realize that in China about 70-80% of people treated in TCM hospitals and outpatient clinics are treated with Chinese herbs. Acupuncture is actually less used as a treatment modality than herbal medicine. Herbs can be especially beneficial for clients with problems with mood, sleep and digestion. Additionally, gynecology is an area where Chinese herbal treatments truly excel. It is always up to individual clients whether or not they choose to take herbs. Click here to learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.
In my experience, if acupuncture is going to be helpful, the majority of clients will see noticeable improvements in symptoms within three to four treatments. Often people will feel noticeably better after only one or two treatments. That’s not to say that symptoms will have completely resolved, but a person can usually tell very quickly whether or not acupuncture will be of benefit.
Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment option with virtually no side effects when administered by an experienced practitioner. If your only options are more medications, injections or surgery, this is a very safe and conservative therapy to try first. Please click here for more information on research demonstrating the efficacy of acupuncture.
If you’d like to find out if traditional Chinese medicine can help you, please contact me!