Acupuncture Today and Chinese Herbal Medicine

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture Today is a healing art which has been continuously practiced and refined for over 3,000 years. It is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine whereby ultra-thin disposable needles are applied to specific points on the body.

Acupuncture harmonizes the body's systems in much the same way a musician tunes an instrument. By stimulating the appropriate points, overactive organs are calmed and underactive organs are strengthened.

The ancient art of Acupuncture is based on the theory that the body is kept alive and healthy by a vital energy called Qi (pronounced "chee"), which flows along specific pathways or meridians. Disease arises when the flow of energy is impaired. When the energy flows freely, there is harmony, balance, and good health. When there are Qi blockages or too much or too little Qi, there is an imbalance, which can lead to disharmony and disease.

Freedom from pain

Acupuncture effectively relieves pain, including headache, migraine, arthritis and back pain. It is also used to control stress and to help treat disorders such as depression, bronchitis, asthma and neuralgia. Symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, constipation, shortness of breath, hot flashes, anxiety, and fatigue can simply vanish with acupuncture.

Does acupuncture hurt?

In Chinese, acupuncture is bu tong, painless. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible, single-use, sterilized, and disposable. They are designed to be comfortable for the patient. When the needles are inserted you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. The majority of patients find acupuncture treatments to be profoundly relaxing. As balance is restored, one naturally feels more calm and centered. For most people the acupuncture experience is resoundingly positive.

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Herbs have been the cornerstone of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. Herbs strengthen the body's immune system, increase circulation, reduce anxiety and stress, and regulate body functions. A well-designed formula, specifically designed to fit each patient's needs can both treat and prevent a wide variety of diseases and conditions. There are hundreds of formulas, each tested over thousands of years.

Chinese herbal medicine treats the full range of human disease. It treats acute diseases, like intestinal flu and the common cold, as well as chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, autoimmune diseases, chronic viral diseases, and degenerative diseases due to aging. Chinese herbal medicine is especially good for promoting the body's ability to heal and recuperate.

Children can take herbal medicine in reduced dosages. Herbal medicine "makes it feel better" and is highly effective in treating colic, teething, earache, diarrhea, cough and fever in babies and children.

How does Acupuncture Today integrate with modern medicine?

Acupuncture Today is often combined with conventional Western medicine. It is optimal to receive acupuncture along with Western medicine for asthma and digestive disorders as well as cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. It is complementary and compatible with many forms of health care. Jasmine collaborates with her patient's physician so that integrative, comprehensive care is ensured.

It is important to note that because utilization of Traditional Chinese Medicine is virtually limitless, many people receive Acupuncture Today to address an illness but also as a preventive health maintenance therapy. An advantage of acupuncture is that it can treat both the symptoms and the underlying causes of the illness. Chinese medicine seeks not only to treat disease but also to improve health and vitality. It boosts the immune system, increases energy, helps preserve youth, and promotes longevity.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine are completely safe and without side effects.