Acupuncture is one of the principal branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with TCM being a complete, holistic and non-invasive medical system that has evolved over 3000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses. Acupuncture is a procedure which promotes health and wellness while alleviating pain.
TCM acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theories of how Qi and blood flow through energetic pathways in the body referred to as meridians. Qi is the main force that gives us our capacity to move, think, and feel, in other words is our “vital force”. In acupuncture, certain points on the body act as gateways to access and regulate these meridians via the insertion of very fine needles. Qi regulates the physical, emotional, mental ,and spiritual balance within the body by keeping the energetic flows in harmony. Imbalances and blockages of the body’s Qi are the root of all disease processes and may be caused by thing such as physical and emotional trauma, lack of excercise, poor nutrition, and chronic stress. TCM works by rebalancing the energetic system of the body and supporting the body’s capacity to heal itself through modify lifestyle habits, herbs, and balancing meridians. By alleviating symptoms and treating the underlying cause of disease, acupuncture returns the body, mind and spirit to a balanced state.
NDs are also trained in acupuncture from a physiotherapy perspective and do intramuscular stimulation in order to provide alleviation of symptoms while treating the symptoms from a different perspective than TCM.
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