Understanding these concepts is helpful for knowing the origins of TCM and the thought processes behind its practices, but any studies into its effectiveness will be carried out in the context of scientific knowledge and understanding of the human body.
Acupuncture involves stimulating very specific points of the body using fine pins, which are then manipulated with the hands or electrically stimulated. Acupuncture regulates energy and blood flow movement in the body and balances hormones and internal organs allowing the body to find it's own balance and regain it's health.
There is a pharmacological reference book called the Materia Medica that TCM practitioners use for thousands of medicinal substances, primarily involving the use of plants. The practice involves the use of different parts of the plants, such as the stems, roots, leaves, seeds and flowers. Herbs are often combined to create formulas which are delivered as powder, capsules, or tablets.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs should not be used to replace conventional care techniques, but rather to complement them. If you see a TCM practitioner, you should enquire about their training and experience to ensure you will receive high quality treatment. Our Chinese trained acupunctirist and herbalist studied for 5 years full time.
There are many, many benefits to be enjoyed from well-practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbs treatments, but it is vital that you take the necessary steps to ensure you are safe and receiving the best care.
Contact the Twickenham Acupuncture Clinic today for more information.