Chinese Medicine, which includes Acupuncture, is a complete medical system with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and therapies. Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can be used to correct imbalances that have become illness or pain, or even correct imbalances prior to the appearance of symptoms, preventing disease. It is a safe, effective and painless way to treat a variety of health conditions and concerns.

What can Acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognizes Acupuncture as effective in treating over 100 medical conditions including:



  • Common cold & flu

  • Sinus infection

  • Hay fever

  • Bronchitis

  • Asthma



  • Headaches

  • Sciatica

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Nerve pain



  • PMS

  • Irregular or painful menstruation

  • Pregnancy-related problems

  • Menopause

  • Impotency


  • Neck & back pain

  • Tendonitis

  • Arthritis

  • Trauma

  • Athletic injuries



  • Ulcers

  • Heartburn

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome



  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Drug and alcohol addiction


How is Chinese Medicine different from other forms of Medicine?


Chinese Medicine views the body as an energetic system in dynamic balance. The guiding principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is inner balance and harmony with nature and life. When we are in harmony with ourselves, with our community and with our highest selves, we experience the greatest health and well-being, A seasoned TCM practitioner locates disharmonies within the patient and aids him/her to find inner and outer balance.


Unlike allopathic medicine, which focuses on symptoms and separates the disease from the person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the body, mind and spirit. TCM goes beyond treating symptoms by addressing the root-cause of disease or illness. TCM simultaneously addresses physical and emotional imbalances, making it especially effective at treating complex situations.


The main treatment modalities in Chinese Medicine are acupuncture, herbal remedies, food therapy or diet, tui na/Chinese massage therapy, moxibustion, and cupping.


How does Acupuncture work?


A basic principle in TCM states that “when qi is stagnant there is pain, and when qi flows freely, there is no pain”. Pain can be physiological, in the form of a stomach ache, headache or menstrual cramps, but pain can also be mental/emotional, in the form of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.


Acupuncture is based on the belief that all things are interconnected. The body, mind, spirit and organs are all dependant on each other for balance and harmony.


  • You were born with a certain amount of basic energy. Think of this as your genetic material.

  • Every day you bring energy into your body in the form of air, food and drink.

  • All of this energy (genetic, air, food and drink) gets mingled together and is distributed to every part

       of your body.

  • We refer to this energy as qi (pronounced chee), or lifeforce. Qi is responsible for nourishing all tissues,

       aiding in movement, digestion, elimination and other physiological and mental processes needed to

       support life and cognition.

  • This energy, or qi, does not travel at random. It follows a prescribed pattern through a system of channels

       making sure that every body part, organ and system gets the energy it needs to function.

  • This prescribed course of energy flow has been broken down into different pathways, known as meridians.

  • Along these meridians there are specific points where energy tends to collect. These are Acupuncture


  • When qi becomes blocked at these Acupuncture points, by either too much or too little qi, there becomes

       an imbalance which leads to disharmony and disease.

  • The gentle insertion of hair thin, pre-sterilized, single-use needles into these Acupuncture points will have

        various effects on the energy which helps the body to regulate itself and regain homeostasis.

  • The combination of Acupuncture points used are prescribed based on the pattern of imbalance diagnosed by the acupuncturist.


Stimulating the body’s tissue with acupuncture needles activates neurological, muscular, endocrine and immunological/inflammatory mechanisms. These responses promote healing and physical balance, alleviate pain, provide stress relief, and induce physical and psychological relaxation.


Acupuncture is very effective in unblocking qi in the body and aiding in the cure of physical and emotional challenges by rebalancing the body’s most basic energetic system.

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