While acupuncture is the most frequently associated medical modality with Chinese Medicine, it is only one of many tools that the Chinese medical practitioner has available to restore health. Practitioners typically use a wide assortment of symptom targeted Chinese herbs, cupping, therapeutic massage, qì-based practices such as qi gong and Tai chi, as well as nutrition and exercise.
The idea of holistically restoring health is well understood under the auspices of Chinese medicine to be more than merely the absence of disease. A Chinese medicine practitioner is focused on maintaining harmony throughout the body with the understanding that the body is an integrated whole. Our Chinese medical providers are also able to provide supportive care for patients with serious illnesses and chronic health conditions.
Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM)
CCM goes back to the 3rd century BC and it follows a lineage of 100 generations of health. With roots stemming from before the Han, Wei, and Jin Dynasties. The study of this modality in the Taoist Tradition dates back to the beginning of the I-Ching (Book of Changes-2800 BC) and spreads to the eastern Indian Vedic culture. Classical Chinese medicine revolves around an integrative view of the body, human health, and longevity. CCM emphasizes the overall well-being of the person. It takes into consideration not only the health of the human body but also a person’s lifestyle and approach to living.
CCM believes that all aspects of a person must be in balance to achieve good health and therefore happiness. Recognizing that symptoms signify imbalance, and understanding that imbalances lead to disease, symptoms should be resolved. Imbalances that are treated early are easier to resolve. Symptoms that are successfully treated early on do not lead to chronic health issues that are much more difficult to overcome.
Acupuncture in Chinese Medicine
The medical modality that is often associated with Chinese medicine is acupuncture which involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific superficial locations on the surface of the body. This practice is use to harmonize the energetic systems of the body known as chi or qui (yin-yang). Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a variety of disorders by restoring harmony in this way. Learn more about acupuncture.
Acupuncture is often used in combination with other Chinese healing modalities. For example, the specific pain reducing capabilities of acupuncture combined with Chinese herbs is an excellent treatment of chronic pain. It is often used in conjunction with medical treatments and psychological care.