Chinese traditional medicine includes acupuncture as one of its most commonly used therapies. Acupuncture is the art of inserting fine sterile metal needles into certain body or ear points to readjust the body’s Qi (vital energy) in order to allow the body to heal itself.
After a Chinese traditional medicine diagnosis is given for a client, an acupuncture treatment plan is developed considering the overall nature of the disease, the individual presenting complaints, as well as any underlying constitutional Chinese traditional medicine patterns of illness. On a symptomatic level, acupuncture treatment may address the digestive functions, appetite, energy level, stress/anxiety/depression, pain associated with organic illness, and other complications.
Acupuncture is relatively painless, often accompanied with a heavy sensation, warmth, or movement of energy at the point of insertion or along the energy channels. Acupuncture relieves pain and rebalances energy to help heal symptoms.
Acupuncture is used extensively at Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine clinic for many issues including as part of chronic hepatitis protocols, to decrease nausea associated with pregnancy or chemotherapy, to work with mental issues such as depression and anxiety, and help to relieve pain from both musculoskeletal and organic problems.