is based upon empirical knowledge that QI (vital energy)
flows through meridians of the body and related organ systems
in an organized way. Disruption in this vital energy flow
can be the cause or symptom of disharmony in the body.
points (gates) are located in small depressions of the
skin where a meridian flows close to the surface. Acupuncture
gates are opened and closed with the insertion of tiny hairlike
pins to regulate and direct the body's QI.
Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a modern adaptation of an ancient
Eastern form of healing which is used to treat both pain and
dysfunction in the body.
prescription follows the same treatment principles as
acupuncture. Herbs in a sense work from the inside of the
body to affect the outside, while acupuncture works from the
outside to affect the inside, and so the balance of yin/yang
of these classical medical approaches of East Asia remains
the norm for more than half the earth's human population.
These natural low-tech approaches to modern health care concerns
have newly captured the imagination of western society.
is a viable health care system by itself and a flexible
adjunct to Western Allopathic Medicine.