Curious About Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body. It is a complete system of medicine that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. The foundations of TCM include an understanding of Qi, Yin/Yang, the Meridians and the Five Elements. These concepts represent forces at play in nature as well as in the human body, and give a model of physiology that can be used to diagnose and treat disease. The modalities of healing in Chinese Medicine include acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, lifestyle and dietary counseling, qigong and herbal therapy. Acupuncture is the aspect of Chinese Medicine that has become most recognized in America today. It involves using fine needles to access points in the body, which activate the bodies own healing mechanisms. Acupuncture can be used to relieve pain and speed healing in cases if injury, as well as chronic pain. It can also affect organ and hormonal functions, and has been used successfully in treating hundreds of issues from asthma to infertility. Chinese medicine seeks to find the root cause of illness and treat the human in a holistic way that addresses the root as well as the manifesting symptoms, and strives to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. In a session for “acupuncture” the therapist may use or recommend any of the modalities listed above in the healing process.
AIM’s Nichole Santoro is a Licensed Massage Practitioner, acupuncture provider, and Chinese Medicine Specialist. To schedule an appointment to see her, or to learn more about how Nichole can help support or restore your health, call us at 425.949.5961.