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Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM) is an ancient approach to healing that uses a number of healing modalities to help manage and resolve pain conditions such as headaches, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic and acute neck pain, lower back pain and sciatica, as well as many arthiritic conditions.

For over 5,00 years, TCM practitioners have promoted better health and restored the body’s balance using these methods. Today, modern techniques  such as Microcurrent stimulation, Allergy Elimination Techniques and the Body Restoration Technique, which all utilize the acu-point reflex system of the body, are also used to enhance the benefits of TCM. Because of it’s proven effectiveness, TCM is used throughout the world. Approximately one billion people in Asia alone rely on TCM to meet their healthcare needs, making it the second alrgest medical system in the world. Chinese healing methods are so effective for preventing illness and maintaining health, that they are now frequently covered by health insurance.

The healing modalities of Chinese Medicine Include.

  • Acupuncture
  • TuiNa Massage therapy
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion
  • Chinese herbs
  • Diet and Exercise

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine nedles at various acupuncture points along well defined pathways or meridians. The needles are inserted quickly and shallowly causing very little sensation. After the needles are inserted they have a relaxing effect on the body and often cause the patient to drift off into a relaxing sleep.

Acupuncture theory is based on the concept of Qi, recognized by many healing systems as the vital energy of the body. Today we recognize that Qi is the electro-chemical energy generated by the cells of the body also knows as ATP.

Qi functions to nourish internal organs, the nervous sytem, muscles, sinews and the cells. It fluctuates according to  age, infection, dietary intake, emotional state and weather conditons.

The Chinese discovered a correlation between sensitive points on the body and disharmonies in internal organs systems. These points followed specific, well-defined pathways called “meridians”. Qi circulates throughout the body along specific merdians which correspond to the pathways of major nerves, blood vessesls and lymphatic channels. Disease results from an imbalance or a disturbance in Qi. Feeling pain, lethargy, or generally being generally run-down, is a sign that Qi is blocked or imbalanced.

There are 14 main pathways or meridians that the qi is thought to flow along in the body and 365 bi-lateral acupuncture points lie along these pathways. These points can be measured as points with decreased electrical resistance. The Qi si stimulated when extremely fine, disposable, stainless steeel needles are inserted at various points along these merdians. The points can also be stimulated and balanced using microcurrent therapy at specific locations on the surface of the body. This stimulation of the acupuncture points results in measurable physiological reactions, such as changes in blood chemistry and pressure, brain activity, endocrine function, heart rate, and immune system response. Two western theories attempt to explain acupuncture’s efficacy: the “Gate” theory which concludes that acupuncture interferes with pain signals to the brain. The second theory concludes that acupuncture releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Studies have found that pain relieving substances called opiods may also be released during acupoint stimulation.

Cupping:

Cupping is a technique used in many European cultures and involves placing bowl-shaped glass jars on the surface of the body. Suction is created by inserting a flame into the jar before swiftly placing it on the skin. Cupping stimulates blood circulation and is a painless and effective way to treat stubborn muscle spasms.

Moxibustion:

Moxibustion uses the heat and vapors from burning the herb Artemesia Vulgaris or Mugwort to enhance your body’s ability to heal. the herbs, which are compressed into a stick, are heated to smoldering and held approximately one inch above the injured region or acupuncture point. The heat from the Moxibustion penetrates the skin and surrounding tissue to help improve circulation of Qi and blood. This technique produces a sensation of warmth and well being.

TuiNa Massage Therapy: TuiNa is a form of massage that was developed in conjunction with other TCM techniques. It is often used in conjuction with acupuncture, but can be used as a stand-alone therapy as well. TuiNa involves quick strokes to stimulate acupuncture points and energy flow along the meridians to help manage a wide range of conditions. TuiNa is particularly useful for injury management to help mobilize stiff joints and to help relieve pain, spasms and tension in stiff muscles.

Chinese Herbs:

At Princeton Acupuncture we use the highest quality herbs made from the root, twigs, bark, leaves, flowers, and fruits of non-toxic plants. These are then  made into concentrated powerders in Taiwan under carefully controlled pharmaceutical grade conditions.

What conditions can be treated using TCM:

In 1997, the National Institutes of Health declared acupuncture to be useful alone, or in combination with other therapies to treat, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, lower back pain, menstrual cramps, myofascial pain syndrome and osteoarthritis.

The World Health Organization also recognizes that TCM is an effective way to treat nearly four dozen ailments. Acupuncture offers relief for:

Orthopedic conditions: Arthritis, back pain, “frozen” shoulder, joint disorders, TMJ syndrome, tendonitis, and common sports injuries.

Gastrointestinal disorders: abdominal pain, candida, Chron’s disease, colitis, constipation diarrhea, dysbiosis, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, and vomiting.

Respiratory and Ear: Nose and throat disorders, astham, common cold, flu, sinusitis, and vertigo.

Gynecolgical Reproductivbe and Urogenital Disorders:amenorrhea (painful menstruation), dysmennorhea (irregular menstruation), perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, pre-menstrual syndrome and vulvodynia.

Immune System disorders: Chronic fatigue, immunodeficiency syndrome, environmental and food allergies, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders.