Acupuncture freaks a lot of people out. Most people don’t like needles, let alone embrace the idea of long, thin needles poking them all over their body. Simply because of this, people who could benefit from the healing powers of ancient Chinese medicine are often deterred.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the Daoist belief that everything is interconnected, specifically the mind and body. It is centered on restoring balance and harmony in the body through two main components: acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Acupuncture involves thin, sterilized needles being inserted into acupuncture points in the skin, which when stimulated, can correct the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Qi is considered a vital energy or force, responsible for controlling the workings of the human mind and body. Following the acupuncture treatment, blends of Chinese herbs are then used to enhance the healing effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been known to benefit people who suffer from migraines, headaches, joint, neck and back pain, nausea and vomiting and skin disorders. It’s also been seen as an alternative way to assist with fertility, childbirth and pregnancy.
There are more components to traditional Chinese medicine, though acupuncture and Chinese herbs are arguably the most well known. Chinese medicine encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health – acupressure and moxibustion; manipulative and massage techniques, herbal medicine; diet and lifestyle changes; meditation; and exercise often in the form of qigong or tai chi.
For more information about acupuncture and Chinese medicine, or to book an appointment, visit The Pomegranate Tree by calling them at 905-901-2321 or visit their website at www.pomegranatetree.ca.