Western medicine, which is primarily concerned with isolable disease, and agents which will change , control or destroy the disease. Chinese medicine in contrast, has holistic approach. It takes into account the whole physiological and psychological individual and finds the “ pattern of disharmony” which describes a state of “ imbalance” in one’s body. The totality of symptoms creates this pattern of disharmony providing the framework for treatment. The ultimate goal of the therapy is to bring balance and restore harmony to the person.
The logic underlying this theory that part can be understood only in its relation to the whole and is also called Yin Yang theory. It explains relationships, patterns and continuous process of natural change. Harmony as a goal means, that proportions of Yin and Yang are in balance.
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medical philosophy. The notion of Qi is the fundamental principle of TCM.( also called Prana in Ayurveda or Ki in Japanese- life force) It is the driving force for the vehicle of acupuncture.
Qi is the connecting thread. It is yang, protective, dynamic, ever changing vital force running through 12 meridians connecting inside with outside body. Sources of Qi are:
Food; air; essence of the kidneys, Jing what we are born with. How well we utilize it depends on our lifestyle.
When it gets blocked or disrupted it creates state of disharmony or Dis-ease.( just like the blood running through the vessels facing blockage creates congestion and heart changes its pulse and rate creating heart disease). IT also results in obesity ( due to stagnation); tumors, cysts, and bunch of other disease related to poor life habits.
Acupuncture , along with herbs is used to correct the flow of Qi and bring balance.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, migranes, PMS, hot flushes, fertility issues, anxiety, high blood pressure digestive issues ( i.e IBS, constipation), quitting smoking and even cosmetics, just to name a few.
Acupuncture is used for both acute and chronic condition.
It is normally very relaxing, highly effective and holistic experience.