What about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Human is an integral part of nature.”—Inner Canon of Yellow Emperor

The TCM view of how the human body works, what causes illness, and how to treat illness is different from Western medicine concepts. It is rooted in the ancient Chinese philosophy, which views humans as microcosms of the larger, surrounding universe—interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of inside entities and the outside world, disease is perceived as a disharmony (or imbalance) in the functions or interactions of yin (阴), yang (阳), qi (气), xuĕ (血), zàng-fǔ (脏腑), meridians (经络) etc. The theoretical framework of TCM is Yin-yang theory—the concept of two opposing, yet complementary, forces that shape the world and all life.

 

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is the most common TCM therapy used by TCM practitioner. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that body functions are regulated by energy called qi (气) which flows through the body; disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for illness and disease. By stimulating specific points (called acupoints 穴) on the body, most often by inserting and manipulating thin metal needles through the skin, practitioners seek to remove blockages and correct imbalances in the flow of qi so as to restore the normal functions and health of the body.

 

What health problems can be effectively treated by acupuncture?

Most clients may ask the same questions before they seek for acupuncture treatment; even the acupuncturists themselves may have the same doubts. In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report entitled “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”, listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture, as following:

Low back pain • Neck pain • Sciatica • Tennis elbow • Knee pain •  Periarthritis of the shoulder • Sprains • Facial pain (including TMJ) • Headache • Dental pain • Acute and chronic gastritis • Rheumatoid arthritis • Induction of labor • Breech birth presentation • Morning sickness • Nausea and vomiting • Postoperative pain • Stroke • Essential hypertension • Primary hypotension • Renal colic • Leukopenia • Radiation/chemo reactions •  Allergic rhinitis, hay fever • Biliary colic • Depression • Acute bacillary dysentery • Primary dysmenorrhea • Acute epigastralgia •  Peptic ulcer

*The report also contains three other very important lists of conditions: for example, diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed.

Therefore, if a patient’s conditions are on the lists that have been proven to be effectively treated by acupuncture, both the patient and acupuncturist should have confidence towards the future treatment.

SOURCE: Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, World Health Organization, 2003

 

Is acupuncture safe? and how quick can results be seen?

WHO  (2003) official report not only provides studies on therapeutic mechanism to reveal how acupuncture works to treat a variety of conditions, but also indicates that acupuncture treatment is safe and non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal comparing with drug therapy. However, like conventional therapy, the effectiveness and length of the treatment may be variable due to different individual response and disease characteristics. For example, patients with arthritis  may feel quick pain relief after 1-2 acupuncture sessions; however, to treat the underlying cause of the pain is  long-term.

 

Acupuncture Treatment Rate:  $80/60-70 min    $50/30-40 min