Oriental Medicine

The Approach

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is presently used as a primary health care system throughout the world.

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) commonly refer to qi (energy), yin, yang, meridians, channels, etc. This can be confusing for patients and those trained in biomedicine to understand.

Research shows that true concepts of TCM operate under known physiological principles that involve complex organization of the neural, vascular, endocrine, visceral, and somatic systems, sustained by the circulation of nutrients, vital substances, and oxygen from vital air (qi).

The TCM view of physiology offers a unique insight into bodily function and organization. It helps explain why TCM is able to formulate a diagnosis and treatment for conditions that are elusive to biomedicine.

Disease or dysfunction is thought to be an imbalance of nutrients, vital air (containing oxygen), blood, and nervous system function. Such imbalances manifest as physical, emotional, and psychosomatic stress-related disorders.

Acupuncture seeks to restore function by inserting very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles* into acupuncture points, also known as nodes or neurovascular bundles.

The stimulation of acupuncture points

  • Restore blood flow
  • Restore nutrient flow
  • Restore vital air flow
  • Restore visceral and immune function
  • Relieve pain
  • Promote tissue healing


Needling is one of a number of Chinese medical techniques. Other traditional therapies to complement acupuncture, include:

  • Dietary counseling
  • Tui na (Oriental massage techniques)
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Acupressure
  • Moxibustion (a gentle form of heat therapy)
  • Cupping
  • Myofascial Release

*Only pre-sterilized disposable needles are used and discarded after each use.

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