About Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on a whole-body approach, where the practitioner not only treats the patient's symptoms, but also the root causes of the disease. The patient will be encouraged to participate in the healing process by addressing emotional and lifestyle factors contributing to imbalances.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology are modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine that aim to prevent and cure specific diseases and conditions. These ancient Chinese methods of healing date back 2500 years or more.

Acupuncture works by treating the body's energy flow, called Qi. Qi circulates within our body and all living things. This invisible energy flows through pathways called meridians. Each meridian is connected to specific cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands. These meridians can be accessed through Acupuncture points which have a specific effect upon the vital energy flowing through it.

If the Qi flow becomes restricted, a number of symptoms may arise, such as pain. By inserting the fine, sterile needles at specific points on the body, an acupuncturist is able to break up blockages, address imbalances and restore the free flow of Qi.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the ability of Chinese Medicine to treat many commonly encountered clinical disorders. For a complete list, please refer to Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.