The ancient system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views a person as an energetic whole. The mental, physical, and emotional intricately function in reliance on one another to create each unique human being. Central to the understanding of TCM is the concept of life energy, called Qi (chee). Qi circulates throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. These meridians are a connected system of nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic ducts. When illness arises, it is because the cyclical flow of Qi, blood, and body fluids have become unbalanced or blocked. If Qi can flow freely, health is maintained. Therapeutic modalities include herbs, acupuncture, diet, Qigong, Tuina massage, moxibustion, and cupping.
We use essential oils and local organic herbs whenever possible. Only the highest quality herbs available are used in our clinic, and contain no heavy metals.
A Little History Behind Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Compiled by unknown authors between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D., the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic is the oldest major Chinese medicinal text that is considered as the theoretical and philosophical foundation of TCM. It detailed that medicine should be based on these principles.
- The universe is composed of various forces, which are the complementary opposites of yin and yang and the five phases.
- The human system is a miniature of these forces.
- There are rules and relationships in nature that have universal validity.
- The practice of medicine is the application of the knowledge of these rules to the treatment of disease and the promotion of health.
The first exposure TCM had with the West came after New York Times reporter James Reston received acupuncture in Beijing for post-operative pain in 1971 and wrote complacently about it in his newspaper. In 1972, the first legal acupuncture center in the U.S. was established in Washington DC. Through 1973-1974, this center saw up to one thousand patients. In 1973 the American Internal Revenue Service allowed acupuncture to be deducted as a medical expense.