Central to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory is the concept of Qi or life force energy. The classical Chinese explanation is that Qi flows in channels throughout the body and over its surfaces. These channels are rivers of energy, which are referred to as meridians. The Chinese have identified 71 meridians in the human body, which is the basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including the muscles, bones, joints, and other organs.
The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body’s innate balance is disrupted and illness results.
My goals as a practitioner of TCM is to assist the healthy movement of Qi allowing not only the resolution of illness and pain but to also increase energy and vitality, preserve youth, and promote longevity. I use a combination of acupuncture, sound and vibration therapy, therapeutic massage, Chinese herbs, Qi Gong, life style recommendations, as well as nutritional and dietary changes to assist your body’s smooth flow of Qi. This smooth flow maintains health and well-being.
TCM is safe and without side effects. Its actions are regulatory, encouraging the body to make natural changes from within. TCM can treat acute and chronic conditions and can help in many situations where Western medicine may have limited solutions.