Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a healing art based primarily on philosophy in addition to over 5,000 years of clinical practice. The elemental philosophy is based on the theory of yin and yang which represents balance. Yin represents qualities such as cold and dampness, internal, rest, fluids, darkness and night time. Yang represents qualities such as heat and dryness, external, movement, fire, brightness and daytime.
For example, an individual with a yin constitution might be quiet and shy, with a soft voice. They often have a pale complexion and feel cold. An individual with a yang constitution may be energetic and constantly on the go. They are likely to be extroverted, often with a loud voice, and tend to be talkative. They will usually feel hot, sweat easily and have a reddish complexion. Yin and Yang are constantly interacting. For example, a fever (yang) may suddenly develop into chills (yin). The intention is not to be primarily yin or yang, but to have balance of the two.
Another philosophy of TCM is that disease is a direct result of a blockage or deficiency of the body’s vital energy, known as “qi” (pronounced “chee”). Qi is the source of all energy and movement within the body. It governs all movements such as running, walking, breathing, and more. There are various types of qi. For example, your wei qi works in a similar manner to your immune system, protecting your body against disease, while your gu qi controls digestive activities.
Qi flows along pathways in the body known as meridians, similar to the concept of blood vessels. There are twelve primary meridians, each corresponding to the major organs of the body. Examples include the lung meridian, liver meridian, and the kidney meridian. A disturbance or blockage of the flow of qi or blood along these meridians will result in a diseased state.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles at specific points along these meridians to alleviate blockages, revitalize the vital energy (qi) of the body, and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture is effective because it addresses the root cause of an illness in addition to alleviating the symptoms of the disease.
Since it treats the root of disease, effects are not always immediate. It can often take 3-4 sessions before any results are noticeable, and can take 8-15 sessions to achieve long-term results in some chronic ailments. Treatments should be on a weekly basis for best results.
Carolyn Lowe, L.Ac
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