Intro to TCM

Months of “regular” Pain treatments not working? 

Ask your Chiropractor, Medical Doctor, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, or  Physical Therapist if they will refer you to a Licensed Acupuncturist. 

TCM physicians specialize in internal & physical medicines for soft tissue problems.


General Information on TCM
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory is a system of healthcare based on many thosands of years of observations by Chinese physicians about how time (age) and the environment affect our health.  Since the Chinese still use this system of thinking, its’ utility for  healthcare should be recognized.

What is a Whole Medical System?
Whole Medical Systems, as defined by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), involve complete systems of medical theory and practice that have evolved independently from, or parallel to, allopathic (conventional-Western) medicine. Both TCM and Ayurveda (from India) are recognized as Whole Medical Systems by the NIH.

One unique aspect of these traditional systems of medicine is their ability to accept the validity of multiple overlapping models of human physiology and to use these frameworks simultaneously, as needed, to evaluate and discuss pathologies and to develop a treatment plan.

In TCM, although disturbances along the mind—body—spirit axis may become manifest at any one of the three levels, chronic conditions which neither get worse nor better usually involve a mind component ( i.e., unresolved emotions, relationship issues) manifesting at the body level.

What you should know about this medicine…
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used successfully to treat musculoskeletal and pain syndromes resulting from trauma, soft tissue injuries,  and Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA). 

In addition, TCM is also being used to treat internal diseases and syndromes (e.g., addiction, allergies, arthritis, cancer, dysmenorrhea, fibromyalgia, G.I. syndromes such as IBD and chronic diarrhea, menopause, migraines and other headaches, PMS, Temporomandibular Joint Disease (TMD), uterine fibroids, etc.).  Many of these conditions are successfully treated using a combination of acupuncture, TuiNa, Chinese herbal prescriptions, and Qigong.

Leading cancer clinics are now using acupuncture to treat nausea, vomiting, and other side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

How fast should you expect to see results?
Resolution of musculoskeletal pain syndromes often occurs within a few weeks and chronic conditions improve significantly after a few months of treatment. The participation of the patient, in understanding their constitutional needs and modifying lifestyle choices, is a significant factor in determining the speed at which chronic conditions are resolved.