What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

TCM is a holistic system that treats individuals for physical, mental, and emotional concerns. It promotes, maintains, and restores health by encouraging an even flow of energy (qi) throughout the body. When qi is disrupted, pain or illness can result. TCM encompasses various healing modalities with the two most common being acupuncture and herbal medicine.

What specifically is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a several thousand year-old healing therapy that works by stimulating the body to naturally correct the imbalances of qi. This is done by inserting needles into the skin at specific points on the body. These points correspond to energy pathways that run throughout the entire the body and are related to internal organs.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can be used to treat all ages and all conditions. Currently, the National Institute of Heath (NIH) has determined that acupuncture is effective in treating over 40 different disease categories (see the list below).

Common conditions treated with acupuncture:

  • Arthritis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acute and Chronic Sinusitis
  • Acute and Chronic Cough
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Diabetes
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Stress management
  • Migraine headaches
  • Dizziness and Vertigo
  • Tinnitus
  • Pre-menstrual Syndrome(PMS)
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Infertility
  • Eczema
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
  • HIV/AIDS management

What does acupuncture feel like?

Each person experiences acupuncture differently, however in most cases the needle insertion is painless and many soon discover that the experience is quite pleasurable.

Are the needles sterilized?

The needles used are pre-packaged and 100% sterilized. They are only used once and then are properly disposed of in labeled biohazard containers. Needles are never re-used.

What specifically is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine works with acupuncture by providing nourishment and support. Formulas are carefully designed and formulated according to each individual’s symptoms and needs.

Does herbal medicine have any side-effects and can it be used in conjunction with prescription medications?

Chinese herbs are safer and have less side-effects than prescription medications. The side-effects from Chinese herbs are rare with the most common being digestive problems. They can actually be taken to reduce the side-effects of certain prescription medications. However, it depends on the prescription medications being taking on whether or not it is beneficial to take at the same time as the Chinese herbs. This must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How many visits will I need?

Patients usually start off with once-a-week treatments, which are then tapered in frequency as their conditions improve. Acute conditions might only take a couple of sessions before being resolved. Whereas, chronic conditions might require a longer treatment protocol.  Each patient will experience different results.

How can I prepare for my treatment?

It is best to eat a light meal before your appointment, so that your body has energy to work with. Sometimes a person who has not eaten will feel lightheaded or weak when receiving an acupuncture treatment. In this case, inform us immediately and we will take the appropriate actions. It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible. Do not engage in strenuous activity, drink alcohol, smoke excessively, or ingest heavy meals before or after your treatment; this will allow the body to adjust to the effects of the treatment.

Does insurance cover TCM?

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic is currently in network with several insurance companies and are discounted providers with others. Please call for more information.