Classical Chinese Medicine is a medical healing art with an elegant approach to complicated health issues. It has a rich history of more than 2,000 years of clinical application with a philosophy that believes that health is determined by a balanced flow of qi, the vital life energy present in all living things. A detailed history along with pulse and tongue diagnosis, guide the practitioner in determining a treatment plan that attempts to rebalance the flow of energy and consequently restore health. The tools of a Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner include acupuncture, herbal therapy, moxibustion, cupping, diet and lifestyle modifications, and qi gong exercises.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world, originating in China more that 5000 years ago. Acupuncture enhances the flow of qi, which circulates in the body along twelve major pathways. The pathways, called meridians, are linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. To enhance circulation, very fine needles are inserted into acupoints located along the meridians. The stimulation of these acupoints helps to correct and rebalance the flow of energy, relieving pain and restoring health.
The World Health Organization lists the following diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture has proved, through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment:
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