What is Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on Qi, which is a form of bioelectric energy that originates in and is found in the body.  Meridians are pathways or lines of energy that transverse the body, originate in the organs, and spread Qi to all parts of the body including cells, tissues, muscles, tendons and bones.

We use acupuncture to treat and prevent illness by identifying organ weaknesses and imbalances.  First we complete a Chinese medical diagnosis by identifying which organs are not functioning properly based on symptoms, signs, tongue, pulse, and examination.  Stainless steel, disposable needles are then inserted along the meridian pathways corresponding to the organ that is affected.  For example, needles are inserted into the lung meridian and the lung qi, or energy, is affected. Likewise, needles are inserted into the liver meridian and the liver qi, or energy, is affected.   By inserting the needle into the channel, qi is unblocked in a given or linked pathway, and the organ and the body begin to heal themselves.

Treatment Plans

We set individualized treatment plans for all of our patients.  The treatment plans can be thought of in four different categories: acute,  chronic,  pediatric and fertility.  For information about fertility treatment, visit our Fertility Acupuncture page.

Acute Conditions

  • Ailments that have started in the past few weeks or months.

  • Examples: back, shoulder, neck & musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, unexplained rashes, headaches, abdominal pain and much more.

  • Typically 3-8 treatments to resolve.

  • Patients are seen twice a week for one to two weeks.  Treatments are then given once a week until their symptoms have completely resolved.

Chronic conditions

  • Patients with chronic illness and injuries have been experiencing them from several months to several years.

  • Examples: low back pain, migraines, digestive issues such as irritable bowel disorder, autoimmune disease like Crohn's, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, or seasonal allergies, and women's health issues including menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms.  

  • Patients are seen twice a week at first.  Then treatments are given once a week, and then bi-weekly as symptoms go away and the root of the problem is addressed.   The length of time a patient has had a problem will be the best indicator of how long he or she will need treatments. The more recent a problem has occurred, the sooner it should resolve. Generally, for each year of illness or injury, it takes a month of treatment to resolve.  

  • The treatment plan for chronic problems usually includes dietary and lifestyle changes as well as Chinese herbal formulas. The more patients are able to incorporate changes into their lives, the faster they will see results.

Pediatric treatment

  • As with adults, children come in with a wide variety of ailments (stress disorders, digestive disorders, asthma, allergies, etc).  

  • Depending on the problem and age of the child, we will use a combination of massage, magnets, needles, herbs, or a combination of these treatments.

  • We work with both the parents and the children to assure that everyone is comfortable with the treatment.

  • For younger children it is important to prepare them for what will happen in the office - primarily that we will be taking their pulse and looking at their tongue. Playing acupuncturist before coming in for a treatment will help them feel more at ease. To do this, just ask your child if you can take his or her pulse and then gently touch their wrist for ten seconds. Then ask them to stick out their tongue at you. Let them know that the acupuncturist will be doing the same at their treatment.