Acupuncture and herbal medicine are parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), dating back more than 2000 years. Treating complaints as varied as back pain, digestive issues, infertility, allergies and common colds, TCM treats patients holistically, evaluating every aspect of patients’ lives, including their sleep, diet and emotions. Unlike traditional Western medicine, which can often offer prescriptions intended to treat a symptom, TCM goes deeper in an effort to treat the cause of disease. We call this treating the root vs. the branch, instead of masking your symptoms with a pill, TCM works to alleviate both the symptom and the cause.
Acupuncture uses very, very fine filiform needles. This means that unlike a needle that takes your blood or delivers your medicine, acupuncture needles are solid and thinner than a strand of hair. Many patients who come in with a fear of needles don’t realize when I start inserting the needles, they are that thin! You may feel a slight sensation as the needle obtains Qi (energy) at the site, but it is typically described as a slight grabbing or dull aching sensation. Many patients relax so much that they are almost asleep before all the needles are inserted.