Wondering if acupuncture is right for you?
Through thousands of years (starting around 2000BC) and from every part of Asia, what we know of as Traditional Chinese Medicine was born, grew, changed, assimilated, became regionally distinct, developed specialized techniques, and continues to be tested and new therapies developed today.
To try to explain any of the variations currently practiced based on this history in under 500 words would be like defining a 1,000 year old tree by one of its leaves. So we’re not going to do that here.
But it is okay not to know the complete story.
What we know it is: a multitude of related methods based on dispersed regional schools of thought, all of which have therapeutic effectiveness.
All forms of chinese medicine integrate the founding principles: meridians, yin/yang, 5 elements, microsystems, pathogenic evils, herbal medicine, and the idea that the food we eat is our most important medicine.
What has changed over the thousands of years since these methods were created are materials, our understanding of infection and blood borne illness transmission, methods, theory, and the new epidemic of conditions in the modern world.
Those include cancer, lung disease, heart disease, over-stress, over-working, infertility, malnutrition, environmental toxin exposure, unresolved trauma exposure and emotional repression, and the huge but important category of ‘trying to do too much’.
What has not changed is that TCM is still an effective health system that can help prevent disease, help heal from disease, and work alongside western medicine in dealing with the side effects of life saving therapies. There are very few situations in which we can’t treat a client, but many more in which we can help profoundly with what they are experiencing.
This being said, some practitioners do only acupuncture needles. Coming to us for acupuncture treatments, you would get all of this, as long as appointment time allows.
It’s a small leap of faith to try anything new, but TCM has a multi thousand year history,
so it’s safe to say it's already been tried and tested for you.