Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of medicine that has been in existence for more than 2,000 years. It has its own system of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies that work to restore and balance the body. When the body is out of balance, illness, pain, and other physical and emotional symptoms may arise. Chinese Medicine resolves these imbalances by strategic placement of acupuncture needles, herbs, tuina (acupressure based massage), moxabustion (heat therapy), cupping, gua sha (Chinese myofascial release) and diet therapy. Chinese medicine is unique in that it can be used to correct imbalances that have become illness and pain, or to correct imbalances prior to the appearance of symptoms to prevent disease.
Do the needles hurt?
Needles used for acupuncture are hair-fine, sterile, and disposable. The sensations a patient feels from the needles vary from person to person, but generally needle insertions are not painful. Patients often describe a heavy, warm, or tingling sensation when they are resting with their needles. Most patients report a state of deep relaxation and an overall sense of well-being during and after a treatment.
Is acupuncture compatible with other forms of health care?
Absolutely. Traditional Chinese Medicine is unique in that it easily integrates with all forms of medicine. In fact, recently many hospitals and clinics have been combining Eastern and Western medical systems to form “Integrative Medicine” or “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” (CAM). Our patients frequently integrate other modalities of care including massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, homeopathy, naprapathy, midwifery, and pharmaceuticals. Our goal at The Nest is to provide our patients with the care and support they need to improve their overall health. We understand that often the best approach is combination therapy.