What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest treatment methods in the world and dates back over 2,000 years. It refers to a specific treatment method for inserting and manipulating very fine thread-like needles into specific parts of the body, which are believed to be "acupuncture points" that can help relieve pain and restore balance to the body by releasing energy.
In recent decades, acupuncture has also gained enormous popularity in Western cultures and has become a common alternative or complementary therapy method.
How does acupuncture work according to the theories of TCM?
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory of Qi (energy) flowing through channels or meridian paths that run through our body. Meridians regulate the Qi and blood transport of the body and balance the important tissues and organs of the body.
Meridians are like highways of energy. When the body is in balance, qi moves smoothly through the meridians in a certain direction or flow pattern. But sometimes, when qi is out of balance, it stagnates or accumulates at certain points along these energy pathways. These are the points where we place the needles to move, disperse, or redirect the qi and thus restore balance. There are many different types of acupuncture with different philosophical backgrounds and techniques.
Acupuncture points are the nodes and junctions of the meridians. When a needle penetrates an acupuncture point, it creates a feeling of swelling and pain and triggers a number of reactions in the autonomic nervous system, including increased blood flow, stimulation of the immune response and secretion of endorphins, which can relieve the slight pain of the needle.
Acupuncture attempts to remove blockages and imbalances in the body's meridians to restore proper circulation of qi and blood and stimulate the body's own self-regulating and self-healing powers, resulting in a natural restoration of health and vitality.
Does the treatment cause pain?
The needles that are used for acupuncture are wafer-thin and in general , people who receive this treatment report very little pain . After inserting the needle, you may notice a tingling, heaviness or movement of energy along the channel path.
Is the treatment method safe?
As with all health treatments , acupuncture may occasionally be associated with possible side effects in individual cases .
The TCM 5 Balance Clinic only uses needles that are sterile and disposable and are never reused for another patient.
For each patient who comes to TCM 5 BALANCE, Dr. Yang carefully checks which meridians are blocked in the body. She then formulates a treatment plan and selects the best acupuncture points for inserting needles. In Dr. Yang's experience, 90% of patients with pain have improved within one to three treatments.
I'm really scared of needles. Can TCM Dr. Yang help me without inserting needles into my body?
Of course TCM Dr. Yang is not only specialized in acupuncture, but also in Chinese herbal medicine. As long as you are willing to take Chinese herbal medicine, Dr. Yang can effectively help you to solve your medical problems.
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