Acupuncture Traditional Chinese herbal medicine
 

Chinese medicine is an ancient medical system that has existed in some form for over 3000 years, with earliest found writings date back to the Shang Dynasty (15th to 11th centuries BC)[1]. While acupuncture is the modality that is most often associated with Chinese medicine, it only represents part of the Chinese medical system. Other Chinese medicine modalities inclue: cupping, herbal formulas, moxibustion, herbal poultices, qigong, tuina, shiatsu, bloodletting[2].


Chinese medicine has a holistic approach to health which takes into account all aspects of the person: physical, mental/emotional and spiritual. By utilizing one, or a combination of modalities, Chinese medicine treats a variety of symptoms associated with [3]:

  • Addictions / Withdrawal

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety

  • Asthma / COPD

  • Autoimmune conditions

  • Cellulite

  • Colitis

  • Cold hands/feet and other temperature regulation issues

  • Common cold

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Diabetes

  • Diarrhea

  • Edema

  • Fatigue

  • Flu

  • Fever

  • Fibromyalgia[4]

  • Grief / emotional loss

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • IBS

  • Infertility

  • Insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Migraine / Headache

  • Motor vehicle accident / whiplash

  • Nausea / vomiting

  • Neuropathy

  • Pain

  • Perimenopause / Menopause

  • Physical injury

  • PMS / Menses issues

  • Sciatica

  • Skin problems (psoriasis, eczema)

  • Stomach aches

  • Stress

  • Sroke

  • Thyroid problems

  • Urinary problems (incontinence, nocturia)

  • Varicose veins

  • ​And more


Acupuncture is the technique which utilizes thin needles to insert into specific acupuncture points on the body to either stimulate or release points and promote the free flow of energy within the body. Acupuncture could be used alone or in combination with herbal formulas, moxibustion, etc.. 


Additionally, acupuncture could be utilized in conjunction with other Western medical treatments. Research has shown that in clinical cancer care, acupuncture is effective in treating:

  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomiting

  • Post-operative nausea & vomiting

  • Cancer pain

  • Post-chemotherapy fatigue

  • Vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes) and psychological well-being[5]


​What sets Chinese medicine apart is that its treatment aims to treat the root of a pattern together with the presenting symptoms as well as preventing future health issues.

When practiced correctly, there could be little to no negative side effects to acupuncture. While acupuncture is an effective method of treatment by itself, when combined with other modalities such as herbal formulas or moxibustion, the effects of the treatment could be further enhanced. 

[1] “Chinese Medicine.” American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, www.actcm.edu/chinese-medicine/.

[2] “Classical Chinese Medicine Modalities.” National University of Natural Medicine, nunm.edu/ccm-modalities/. 

[3] Lushing, Margaux. “What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine and What Can It Treat?” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 26 July 2018, www.forbes.com/sites/margauxlushing/2018/06/18/what-is-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-what-can-it-treat/?sh=55cdfc196e5d.

[4] “Traditional Chinese Medicine: What You Need To Know.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nccih.nih.gov/health/traditional-chinese-medicine-what-you-need-to-know. 

[5] Lu, Weidong, et al. “The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care.” Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2008, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2642987/. 

 

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