Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. The main assumption in TCM is that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to the blockage of Chi (vital energy) flow. The Chi is carried along pathways known as meridians that lie just under the skin. These meridians nourish the organs with vital Chi and maintain overall balance in the body. A Naturopathic doctor will use Eastern herbs and acupuncture to regulate the flow of Chi and achieve balance. Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles which are inserted into specific meridian points.