Acupuncture & TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
The traditional Chinese science of acupuncture aligns the flow of energy channels or meridians to address a wide variety of common ailments and problems. Effective in treating anxiety, stress and fatigue; managing chronic pain and aiding fertility.
Bloom Organics’ highly skilled and talented TCM practitioner, Dr. Rita Anderson has kindly agreed to explain in more detail.
As a practicing physician of Chinese Medicine, I have been asked many questions about acupuncture and what it can do. Most people are mystified over how it works and what Chinese Medicine is. Chinese Medicine incorporates the use of acupuncture, Tui Na massage and Chinese herbal formulas. Although there are a few different types of acupuncture, including Korean, Five Element and Japanese, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is what I practice.
Acupuncture dates back over 3,000 years. The basis of acupuncture works with energy of the body, called Qi. Qi flows through the body along channels or meridians that are similar to small rivers. All of the meridians interconnect with one another. Each meridian correlates with an organ of the body. For example, there is a lung channel, heart channel, kidney channel etc. There are 14 main channels of the body, most of which flow bilaterally or the right and left side of the body.
Acupuncture points are specific points on the meridians where the flow of Qi is stimulated with acupuncture needles. When there is an imbalance in the body, whether physical, mental, or emotional, there is an imbalance in the flow of Qi. The proper flow of Qi can be restored by using needles in specific points that have a specific job to do.
It is the practitioner’s job to figure out what points to use by examining the patient, asking questions, taking the pulse and looking at your tongue. These are all diagnostic tools that are used to determine the best course of treatment. Depending on what the issue is, the amount of treatments can vary. Sometimes results are seen very quickly and other times, for more chronic conditions it may take many more. Often Chinese herbs or massage are used to achieve optimum results.
One of the most common questions about acupuncture is, “Does it hurt?” Usually, it does not. The needles are as thin as hair. You may feel a slight prick at insertion but it is so fast, that most people don’t even feel them going in. Certain areas of the body are typically more sensitive, like the hands or feet, but it is nothing like getting an injection. Once the needles are in they stay in for 20 minutes to half an hour. The patient may feel a heavy sensation, energy moving or tingling, all of which are a sign that Qi is moving. After the needles are removed, most people feel relaxed, centered and a sense of well being.
Acupuncture is effective in treating:
Allergies Headaches Fatigue
Pain Arthritis Fertility
Depression Insomnia Nausea
Gynecological Issues Colds Pediatric Issues
Stress Facial Rejuvenation Injury
Anti-Aging Fibromyalgia Digestion Issues
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Dr. Rita Anderson, A.P., is a Licensed Acupuncture Physician and Physician of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Anderson is a graduate from East West College of Natural Medicine, Sarasota, Fl and from New Jersey School of Transcendental Bodywork and Massage. She has advanced Certification in Bio-Injection Therapy, Bio-Rejuvenation Facial Injections, Mei Zen Facial Rejuvenation, Microcurrent Energy Light Rejuvenation, Smoking and Addiction cessation and Bio-Meridian Testing.