Deidre Braun, M.S.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of healing which has proven its effectiveness in Eastern Asia for over 4,000 years. TCM is recognized not only for treating existing conditions, but for helping prevent the onset of disease .
TCM views the body as an intricate system of organs connected by pathways known as meridians. Good health depends on the smooth flow of energy, or Qi, through these meridians. When the flow of Qi is blocked or disrupted, pain and illness are the result. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Qi by inserting fine, hair-like needles at specific points along the meridians. As the flow of Qi returns to normal health and well-being are gradually restored.
Western medicine research shows acupuncture primarily produces its effects through regulating the nervous system. Regulation of the nervous system aids the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones.