Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is probably the best known Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique. It promotes healing by regulating the flow of Qi (vital life energy in the body, pronounced “chee”). This is done by inserting very fine needles into specific points in the body. Over thousands of years, TCM has mapped out the flow of Qi in the body through a system called meridians. Each of the 12 main meridians connects to one specific organ, or group of organs, that govern particular bodily functions. Illness results when Qi stagnates or is blocked, or when the body has too little, or too much, of it. When energy flows freely, well-being is restored.
Another form of acupuncture sometimes used by practitioners is electro-acupuncture. This is very similar to traditional acupuncture except that, after the needles are inserted, they are attached to a device that generates mild electric pulses. This additional technique is used to treat pain and relax muscular tension, as well as to provide extra stimulation to specific points.
Most patients find their acupuncture sessions comfortable and relaxing. Though there may be some immediate relief of symptoms, more chronic conditions might take more than one session, as the ongoing effects of the acupuncture treatment begins to accumulate and generate a healing process.
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