Patty Engelhardt, L.Ac.
Traditional Chinese medicine is a style of medicine built on a foundation of more than 5,000 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui Na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine have used these noninvasive treatment methods to help millions of people become well and stay well. These treatments enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique for unblocking qi by inserting needles at therapeutic points
on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang. Qi is an energy that permeates all things. It flows
through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians. When yin and yang are in harmony, Qi flows freely
within the body and a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, there is an obstruction of Qi
along one of the meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine has identified some 500 specific points where needles are
to be inserted for specific effects.
Cupping is a technique that uses small suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and break up
stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood, energy, or fluids to the surface. The Chinese medicine
theory holds that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph,
phlegm, and blood. If pain is the essence of disease, then suffering is a result of obstructed or irregular flow in the
body. Chinese cupping is therefore, a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of
Tui Na, is a therapeutic form of massage and has been used in China for more than 5,000 years. Practitioners use
their finger, hand, elbow, knee, or foot to apply pressure to a specific body location. This complementary and
alternative Chinese medicine modality makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different energy
channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of qi throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. By
applying pressure to meridians, acupoints, and groups of muscles and nerves, Tui Na removes blockages and
works deeply with the positive energy of the body.
Herbal and Nutritional Medicine
The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of
medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such
as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given
as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders. Nutrition and dietary therapy is an essential aspect of
Chinese medicine. The Chinese have known for thousands of years the correlation between what we eat and our
health. Foods can be used to heal diseases and build immunity.