Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
For over 5,000 years, acupuncture has been practiced in China and in the last decade has become a viable, respected health care alternative in the western world. In Chinese Medicine, no symptom or complaint is viewed in isolation. Rather, the body, mind and spirit are evaluated together. The goal of acupuncture is to create harmony within the body by restoring the flow of Qi (pronounced "chee"), the life force involved in all body functions--breathing, heartbeat, metabolism and emotions. Qi collects in the organs and travels through energy channels in the body called meridians. The Chinese believe that diseases occur when the circulation of Qi is halted, whether by injuries, heat, cold or other influences. By redirecting the flow of Qi, acupuncture can help cure disease, prevent illness and restore harmony.
What conditions can TCM Treat?
In 1979 the World Health Organization acknowledged the value of acupuncture in the treatment of multiple medical conditions.
High/low blood pressure
People who are sensitive to pain may want to try a modern form of acupuncture that does not rely on needles. Instead, a laser beam is used to stimulate the acupuncture points.
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