What is Classical Chinese Medicine?
Classical Chinese Medicine is a medical healing art with an elegant approach to complicated health issues. It has a rich history of more than 2,000 years of clinical application with a philosophy that believes in empowering the body to function correctly to address disease. Chinese culture is greatly influenced by holism rather than reductionism and holds the perspective that human beings are a part within the universe, not an entity separate from it.
This philosophy approaches health and disease by empowering the body to function correctly. The practitioner emphasizes the connection and communication between mind, body and spirit. Symptoms such as pain, insomnia, intestinal disorders, and headache are seen as warning signs of potential complications of disease. The skilled practitioner gathers relevant information about the patient through history, tongue, and pulse diagnosis in order to identify the relevant pattern of disharmony. Treatment is aimed at restoring balance on all levels and ensuring that organ systems are communicating effectively. The tools of a Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner include acupuncture, herbal therapy, moxibustion, cupping, diet and lifestyle modifications, as well as some physical movement exercises or qi gong.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the use of stainless-steel needles to regulate the qi (energy) of the body. By directing, unblocking, tonifying, or reducing the qi the practitioner can improve specific functions of the body. In essence, acupuncture allows the body to function better. When the body functions correctly, symptoms such as menstrual pain, insomnia, intestinal disorders, headaches, sprains and strains, or fatigue resolve without the use of conventional drugs. Acupuncture can also be used to prevent disease, maintain health, relax and rejuvenate.