Acupuncture has been around for approximately 3,000 years and originated in China. It is a type of alternative medicine that involves inserting specialized needles into the skin at very specific points. The treatment may help with a variety of health conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders, neurological issues and gastro-intestinal disorders. You have probably seen the treatment…
Traditional Chinese Medicine Options
Whatever your ailments may be, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help. TCM is a branch of medicine that integrates physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health to find the best healing approach for illnesses and/or to provide preventative care. TCM encompasses a variety of healing techniques including herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping therapy and massage.
Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine involves the use of natural plants, vitamins and minerals that are combined in a tea or oral medication to treat a variety of health concerns. Herbal medicine does not merely disguise problems, but it actually stimulates healing in the body. The herbal remedies will address each specific patient’s need.
Acupuncture is a healing technique that can benefit patients of all ages. It uses tiny, sterile needles to stimulate pressure points around the body, relieving pain, healing illness and creating harmony within the body.
Cupping therapy uses heated negative-pressure cups on pressure points around the body to relieve discomfort, encourage blood flow, treat respiratory infections, sedate the nervous system, combat anxiety and to facilitate faster healing and muscle recovery.
Massage involves applying gentle pressure on specific pressure points in the body. Massages relieve pain, encourage blood flow and provide faster healing.
Why TCM is a viable option
While it is still beneficial to consult a conventional healthcare representative, TCM is an excellent supplemental form of health care and healing. TCM can also work in combination with other medications and treatment options to provide the fastest route to healing and the longest lasting results. It is important to only seek TCM care from a professional who has the proper training in this area of healthcare.
It is important that all patients share any treatments they are currently undergoing with the TCM healthcare provider to ensure no dangerous treatment overlaps occur. Pregnant women and those breastfeeding should share this information with a TCM care provider before accepting treatment. While most branches of TCM are safe and designed for treating pregnant and nursing women, some herbal supplements may not be safe for the developing fetus or nursing infant.
Children can visit a TCM care provider, but they should first check with their pediatrician to ensure harmonious treatment options. Children are often treated for ADHD, learning disabilities and other common issues.
What to expect during the first visit
After sharing applicable medical history, patients meet with a practitioner who will listen to symptom descriptions and answer any questions. An examination may also take place that will help the practitioner formulate a diagnosis. A treatment plan will then be recommended and explained in detail. Follow-up visits will most likely be necessary. Each appointment lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. After each appointment, a discussion on health progress will take place to keep track of any positive or negative changes.
If you are experiencing health concerns and you feel as though you could benefit from additional alternative medical care, we can help. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a beneficial and natural route to treating a wide variety of health conditions. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about how we can help.