Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture: Connecting the Body and Mind

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture: Connecting the Body and Mind

DSC_2757.NEF. Image by Sean McGrath (http://www.seanmcgrath.ca).

Asian medicine has a unique philosophy on health and wellness. It is based on moving the body’s Chi (energy) using herbs and acupuncture to help correct imbalances.

What I appreciate most about traditional Chinese medicine is that just as much emphasis is placed on emotional health as on physical health. The philosophy basically states, “no single part [of a person] can be understood without its relationship to the whole.”

Acupuncture is well known as a pain management technique, but I use acupuncture for a variety of other conditions such as:

  • Hormone regulation (PMS, menopause, fertility)
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic headaches and migraines

Often people are worried about trying acupuncture because of a fear of needles or worries that it is a painful treatment. Firstly, the needles used are extremely tiny (much smaller than those used when you get blood drawn). Secondly, the procedure is not painful, and often after the first treatment, clients realize that acupuncture is actually very relaxing.