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Chinese Medicine is an effective, mature, and comprehensive system of medicine...
 

Traditional Chinese Medicine can successfully treat a wide range of both physical and emotional disorders.  Increasingly popular, its practitioners see the disease process in a holistic way, focused on an individual’s unique symptomology influenced by body constitution, lifestyle factors, and mental and emotional states. Developed over thousands of years in China, TCM is a time-tested and clinically-proven therapy. 

Though it may seem mysterious to those uninitiated, it is in fact a coherent, logical, and extremely safe, effective, and practical system of healing.

The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have recognized the following as conditions effectively addressed by acupuncture and Chinese Medicine...

 

We treat the following symptoms:
Addictions - Allergies - ADD - Anxiety - Arthritis Asthma - Bronchitis - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Chronic fatigue - Colitis 

Common cold - Constipation - Dental pain - Depression - Diarrhea - Digestive trouble - Dizziness - Dysentery - Ear Infections - Eczema Emotional problems - Facial paralysis - Fatigue - Fibromyalgia - Headache - Hiccough - Incontinence - Indigestion - Infertility - Insomnia - Irritable bowel syndrome - Low back pain - Menopause - Menstrual irregularities - Migraine headaches - Nausea - Pain - PMS - Pneumonia - Rhinitis - Sciatica - Seasonal affective disorders - Shoulder pain - Sinusitis - Smoking cessation - Sore throat - Stress - Tennis elbow - Urinary tract infections - Vomiting - Wrist pain

Integral to the practice of TCM is a sophisticated and potent system of herbal medicine...


Herbs are the oldest form of natural medicine on the planet and are considered special foods.  Prescribed by a trained practitioner, they are safe and effective.  From a vast herbal pharmacy, TCM practitioners are educated to skillfully select formulas that are appropriate for the individual.  Most herbs available at Balcones Acupuncture Clinic come in tablet form and are easy to take.

TCM works fabulously for prevention and is a powerful tool to help you stay healthy...


This is the ideal place for Chinese Medicine in your life.   Regular treatment can troubleshoot small problems and prevent later illness.  Treatment also helps to counteract daily assaults of stress while enhancing immune function, vitality, and well-being.

Treatments can be very soothing and relaxing! ...

 

An acupuncture treatment is usually a pleasant and deeply relaxing experience. Endorphins, your body’s natural opiates, are released when treatment is performed, and create profound relaxation for many.

TCM is based on an energetic model of the human being.  This energy is called “qi,” (pronounced “chee”).  Acupuncture treatments often serve to initiate you into the perception of your qi, as it moves and soothes you during a treatment.  This can be

a unique and interesting experience. 

Getting acupuncture is NOT like getting a shot! ...


Many people, when contemplating acupuncture, associate needles and the sensations they create, with those experienced when getting a shot or having a blood draw. Acupuncture is nothing like those experiences!   Acupuncture needles are so thin, two or three can fit inside a hypodermic needle.  Every effort is made to keep treatment gentle and pain free.  All needles used at the clinic are one-use, sterile, disposable needles.

You can understand how it works!  ...


There is currently a great deal of research being done explaining the physiological effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  This is very exciting and can fill in a lot of gaps of understanding about how TCM works. On a basic level, we can understand how it works through its traditional explanation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an energetic model of the human being.  Think of the energy in our bodies as a moving, fluid-like substance that mediates physiological function by nourishing and maintaining our organs, glands, and other tissues. When movement is smooth and uninterrupted, these tissues are nourished and more likely to function efficiently. When there is an interruption in the flow, like a kink in a hose, organs and tissues are cut off from this support and will perform inefficiently, sometimes to the point of illness and disease. 

Lifestyle factors, genetics, trauma, and daily stress contribute to this lack of movement. TCM works to identify and correct obstructions of energy, and contributes to our greater health and contentment.

For those interested in learning more about the traditional theories and diagnosis of Chinese medicine, the following link is recommended: www.amfoundation.org/tcm.htm

How many treatments will you need? ...


Most people begin treatment to receive relief from pain, discomfort, or other symptoms.   This is acute care.   How quickly symptoms improve is dependent on the nature of your condition, how chronic it has become, and the general state of your health. 

Generally the acute care phase will require at least a few treatments, scheduled weekly or sometimes biweekly, depending on the
symptom’s severity. (Although for colds and flu and acute minor injuries, one treatment is often enough.)   Each treatment builds on previous treatments, and often you will start to feel better relatively quickly.

To go further toward reclaiming your health, continued care is recommended. This helps support the changes you have made by continuing to address the root causes of your concern and to keep your symptoms from coming back. Deeper and more lasting healing occurs during this phase. Treatment need be less often at this point, and should go along with herbal therapy and a healthy diet and lifestyle 

For more information about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine:

www.acupuncture.com

 

And for a huge selection of books on Chinese Medicine and Natural Healing;

www.redwingbooks.com 


For those interested in learning more about the traditional theories and diagnosis of Chinese medicine, the following link is recommended: 
www.amfoundation.org/tcm.ht
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