hinese Medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine and is continually practiced today. The medicine has been used for over 5,000 years with the earliest written records found on oracle bones and first published in The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine, or otherwise known as, the Nei Jing. Therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tai Chi, and shiatsu (tuina) massage, are all based in Chinese Medicine. The approach encompasses a mind-body outlook focusing on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual influences that may impact an individuals’ health.
The theoretical basis of Chinese Medicine is complex but can be simplified into the basic fundamental principle of the flow and balance of “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) or energy within our body. Qi is thought to run through an invisible matrix of meridians or channels throughout the body. There are 12 meridians which correspond energetically to 12 internal organs and 2 extra meridians which run along the anterior and posterior midline of the body. It is believed that when energy or “Qi” is blocked within the 14 meridians disease will manifest.
Acupuncture is the practice of restoring balance and unblocking the channels with the body. The therapy uses of small filiform, stainless steel, disposable needles. The needles are placed in specific acupuncture points along the acupuncture meridians for a duration of time dependent on the condition being treated. Additional techniques may be used to help reinforce the acupuncture treatments such as: electro - acupuncture, gua sha, plum blossom/five star needle, cupping, moxa, oriental bodywork/massage, and Chinese nutritional recommendations.