Traditional Chinese Medicine works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the body. This means balance between yin and yang, in the five phases: the viscera, the bowels, the Chi, the blood, and the body fluids. Chi is the vital force, the presence of which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced unimpeded flow is critical to sound health.
The leading professionally applied methods are Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Acupuncture seeks to regulate the flow of Chi and blood within the body by either inserting fine, sterile needles at certain acupoints or warming certain acupoints using various methods. Chinese Herbal medicines may be prescribed internally or applied externally.
As an important component of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture treats the full range of acute and chronic, traumatic, infectious and internally generated diseases. In particular, Acupuncture is an excellent and effective choice for chronic diseases, all kinds of pain symptoms, muscle dysfunction, endocrine disorders, neurotic and mental diseases. Acupuncture also helps improve the immune system and builds up body health.
Patients who have received inoculations or other medical injections from a hypodermic needle are sometimes fearful that acupuncture treatments will be as painful. Such is not the case. Medical hypodermic needles are stiff, hollow, and thick for forcing liquid into the patient's flesh, which is usually an uncomfortable if not painful procedure.
Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger around that a human hair or a piece of fine thread. Deftly inserted into an acupoint by a skilled acupuncturist, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. It might best be described as resembling a mosquito bite. When the needle makes contact with Chi, the energy, most patients experience a slight tingling sensation. First-time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during treatment.