AcupunctureChinese Herb

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture is based on the knowledge of vital energy flow to the whole body. This energy travels through pathways called meridian or channel (they are similar but not identical to the nervous and blood circulatory systems). Each meridian is connected to one specific organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Once this energy is deficient or blocked, then the body stops functioning normally and will eventually become sick. With the application of needles and needling techniques to the points on the body, through the stimulation, it will promote energy circulation smoothly, unblock the stagnation in the meridian, then body returns to its normal function, pain is relieved, other symptoms disappear, vital energy and health is restored.

Studies have shown that Acupuncture could influence the central and peripheral nervous systems. Evidence indicates that it releases endorphins from the brain making it particularly effective in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture also affects the metabolism and production of sugar levels in the blood, as well the endocrine and digestive systems.

Herbal Therapy

Chinese herbology is based on the conditions that the body is undergoing at a particular time, and this may change dramatically in just one or two days. Is the body hot? Is the body cold? Is it retaining fluid? Is it dry? One should have the proper knowledge to determine if herbs could help.

Only a person trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques can do the proper evaluation. Through tongue and pulse examination and other methods, a TCM practitioner looks for abnormalities in the state and flow of energy throughout the body, to determines using the appropriate Chinese herbal formulas.

Most herbal formulas contain 4 to 10 herbs. The advantage of herbs is that the potential of side effects from one herb is balanced by the relationship of other herbs in the formula. Therefore, side effects are very minimal. Plus, Chinese herb is generally less expensive than most pharmaceutical drugs.