Updated: Jul 28, 2020
In this post you will learn about all of the benefits of acupuncture and how it works.
Acupuncture is a technique where very fine needles are inserted into specific points to increase energy flow along various channels (meridians) throughout the body to a particular tissue, organ, or organ system. Each meridian point treats specific symptoms and disorders depending on your unique condition. Acupuncture is used to treat the underlying disharmony and focuses on both the root cause and symptoms manifested by the imbalance.
Acupuncture is just one of the many treatments used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is an ancient medical system that has existed for more than 3,500 year with the earliest writings on pieces of tortoise shells and bone, dating back to the Shang Dynasty (15th to 11th centuries BC). In TCM, balance between health and disease is a key concept. TCM treatments seeks to restore this balance through treatment specific to the individual by looking at your entire well-being and treating the root of the illness, rather than the symptoms.
TCM Treatments such as acupuncture, cupping, tui na, and gua sha, should only be done by an expert TCM practitioner. Although some massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, or estheticians offer similar therapies, it is absolutely necessary to verify the in-depth training, education, theoretical knowledge, and licensing required to apply these safely and effectively when handling medical conditions.
To locate a licensed TCM practitioner, look for a healthcare provider who is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), or Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). TCM Practitioners in Texas have obtained a degree with a minimum of 1,800 hours of education and training at an accredited TCM school and have successfully passed 4 Medical Boards, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine examination, and a jurisprudence exam before obtaining their license to practice.
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