The Truth about Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and much more...

patient receiving acupuncture in the foot Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be traced back to the New Stone Age over 10,000 years ago. TCM was developed through observing the effects produced on certain parts of the body and on specific ailments. Early acupuncture was performed using sharpened bone fragments before the development of other tools. The book, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, is the first and foremost classic text of TCM, which was completed about 200 BC. It discusses the theory and philosophy of TCM as well as the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture, herbs, diet and exercise. TCM, to date, encompasses all four of these aspects.

Acupuncture is a form of treatment in TCM. It is the insertion of needles (as fine as a strand of your hair) into specific well-studied points on the body. These points are located and join together in ‘channels’ or ‘meridians’, along which Qi (energy) flows. The TCM practitioner carefully chooses specific points for each individual treatment with the intention of dispersing any blockages and balancing the patient’s Qi.

Herbal medicine in TCM works with individual herbs or formulae, which are made from the bark, leaves, stems, roots, seeds and or flowers of specific plants. Herbs can be decocted to make a tea; however, tablets are also available for convenience. Herbs are not supplements, but rather, they are medicine, and herbal formulas are considered prescriptions that are dispensed addressing the specific needs of each- individual diagnosis.

TCM also uses food as medicine and encourages warm, whole cooked foods that are balanced with cooling foods in order to maintain the balance of Qi and Blood, or, Yin and Yang.