A person is healthy when their body is balanced and their vital energy flows freely. When either external or internal factors upset this balance, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work to effectively identify the factors that are out of balance and bring the entire body back into harmony. This protects a person's health from further development of acute or chronic illness.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine are the oldest and most continuously practiced medical systems in the world. They are a complete system of health care and prevention of illness which involves nutritional therapy, acupuncture, herbal remedies, cupping therapy, moxibustion, essential oils, lifestyle assessment, exercise, and meditation.
Diagnosis methods used with acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine differ greatly from traditional Western diagnosis. The treatment protocol is very individualized in order to specifically address the health concern and to support a restorative healing process. This allows a person to achieve an improved quality of health, and to maintain longterm wellness over the course of their lifetime.
Acupuncture works by giving a mild stimulation to the body at specific points to initiate a natural healing response. In addition to acupuncture needles, cupping therapy and moxibustion are often used to compliment and promote the circulation of energy throughout the body, helping to relieve pain, and prevent illness.
Acupuncture effectively addresses a variety of health conditions, and is most popularly sought after for support with chronic pain, digestive issues, stress management, emotional wellness, respiratory ailments, and fertility support.
The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health recognize over 40 conditions for which acupuncture has been proven effective. Review the list of conditions here.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine uses over 3,000 herbal plants, plus 300 minerals and animal extracts in more than 400 different formulas. These herbs and formulas work to correct imbalances in the body, strengthen the immune system, and increase resistance to disease. They can be used to treat both acute or chronic issues and to effectively address modern illnesses and disease.
Traditional Chinese herbal formulas are time tested and safe, and have been used by millions of people with positive results, when prescribed by a trained and licensed practitioner. Today, at least 40 states license practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and it is taught in approximately 50 colleges in the United States.
There are many companies that produce and distribute traditional Chinese herbs, however only a select few are GMP (Good Manufacturer Procedure) certified. GMP certified herbs and formulas have been tested for heavy metals and pesticides, and have met the highest standards possible.
Acupuncture is based on the flow of Qi (Energy) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body (similar to the nerves and blood vessels). Acupuncture works to help the Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is in excess. And in this way, helps to regulate and restore the harmony and energetic balance of the body.
Acupuncture points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.
You could very likely benefit from acupuncture if you are:
Each patient is unique and responds to acupuncture differently, so the number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient. The number of treatments depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your condition(s). You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition, or a series of six to eight treatments in order to resolve chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require continuous treatments over time.
Only sterile, disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. Each needle is only used once, and is then disposed. Acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin in diameter; they are not hollow like needles used for giving shots or drawing blood.
Licensed acupuncturists go to school for 3-4 years in order to earn a Masters of Acupuncture degree, or a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree, prior to passing national board exams and state licensing requirements in order to practice.
A professional acupuncture curriculum consists of at least 705 hours in Oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in acupuncture and related studies; 660 hours in clinical training; 450 hours in biomedical clinical sciences; 90 hours in counseling, communication, ethics, and practice management.
A professional Oriental medicine curriculum consists of at least 705 hours in Oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in acupuncture and related studies; 450 hours in didactic Oriental herbal studies; 870 hours in integrated acupuncture and herbal clinical training; 510 hours in biomedical clinical sciences; 90 hours in counseling, communication, ethics, and practice management.
45 states and the District of Columbia currently provide for the licensure (or a comparable form of practice authorization) for practitioners. The laws of each state can differ regarding specific education, training, examination, and application requirements. In most states, one or more of NCCAOM's examination modules is required or accepted as a route of licensure. Graduation from an ACAOM accredited or candidate school is required to take NCCAOM's national certifying examinations.