What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? TCM is a holistic health care system used in China and most Asian countries to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses. Acupuncture, Herbs, Tui Na, Moxibustion, Cupping, Qi Gong and Tai Chi all fall under the umbrella of TCM.
TCM is based on the concept of harnessing qi (pronounced ‘chee’) or vital energy to prevent illnesses. Any disease or illnesses is attributed to the disruption of qi in a person’s body, hence making that person feel unbalanced and susceptible to pathogenic invasion. Qi can also be disrupted by many conditions, including: trauma, injuries, medication, stress, poor diet, poor sleep, stress, overwork and emotional changes.
Qi flows through energy pathways or meridians that are distributed throughout the body. These energy pathways are like free flowing rivers carrying nutrients, body fluids and qi to vital organs, glands, tissues and muscles of the body. Since qi naturally flows freely, any disruption can be corrected by rebalancing the person’s energy. This can be achieved through TCM modalities and lifestyle changes.
TCM is unique because it focuses on each individual’s condition. No two persons with the same illness will be treated the same way. TCM pays attention to the patient’s physical, mental and emotional conditions.
What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterilized needles on a set of points on the body along the meridians. Stimulations of these points will trigger the release of pain-killing bio-chemicals, known as endorphins, which block pain. This stimulation also helps the body improve circulation and drain toxins, thus reducing local trauma and improve overall well-being. The set of Acupuncture points used in each treatment differs according to patient’s chief complaint(s) and Acupuncturist’s diagnosis.
Acupuncture needles can be inserted in the exact location of pain, or in a location further away that still affects the area of pain. For example, if treating headache, needles can be inserted in the exact point where the headache occurs or in the feet, to draw pain away from the head area. In another example, if the pain is in the right elbow, needles can also be inserted in the left elbow, which affects the energy of the right.
How often should I come for treatments? It all depends on your chief complaint(s). Generally, an acute condition e.g. trauma or acute flare-up of a low back pain requires frequent visits that are close together. Chronic conditions e.g. lower cholesterol, stress management or menstrual cramps require regular treatments spread over a few months.
In general, the body responds more quickly to frequent acupuncture treatments. Once your condition is stabilized, you won't need to come in as frequently.
Acupuncture is a PROCESS. It is rare for any Acupuncturist to resolve a problem with one treatment. Every patient requires a course of treatment rather than a single treatment to get what they want from acupuncture.
Does Acupuncture hurt? Generally it does not. Most patients feel a slight prick at the point of needle insertion which dissipates in a few seconds. You may feel the needle more on areas of the body like the web of the fingers and toes since there is less ‘meat’ in those areas compared to your thighs or forearms.
Do we accept insurance? In order to keep our cost low, we do not accept insurance. We are happy to provide you with Superbills or itemized billings.
How safe is Acupuncture? As a health care modality, acupuncture is safe, natural and effective with no side-effect. Our clinic utilizes sterile disposable needles ONLY and we are compliant with Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) laws and regulations.
Healing Circle Community Acupuncture 12598 Central Ave, Suite 113, Chino, CA 91710 (909) 590-4183
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