The practice of acupuncture began at the very early stages of human history, and, like all the other components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), its techniques have undergone more than 3,000 years of development and refinement. Acupuncture, one branch of TCM, is itself a complete medical system that is used as a means of treating and preventing diseases through the application of needles to specific points on the body. It operates upon the understanding that there is vital energy or qi (pronounced “chee”) that flows throughout the body along specific pathways or meridians that traverse the entire body. Acupuncture needles are inserted at acupuncture points to unblock congested energy or strengthen weakness, which in turn improves vitality and helps the body to heal itself naturally.
A sound and safe medicine, acupuncture is general medicine that is effective in healing a wide range of specific problems and diseases without side effects. Any conditions you would go to an M.D. for, you may go to an acupuncturist for. It is especially effective for chronic pain, reducing or eliminating the need for pain medication. The practice of TCM in California also includes herbology, acupressure, moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping (suction therapy), exercise, nutritional counseling and other modalities to improve health and wellbeing