What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
Traditional Chinese medicine is largely based on the philosophical concept that the human body is a small universe with a set of complete and sophisticated interconnected systems, and that those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the human body.
Unlike the Western anatomical model which divides the physical body into parts, the Chinese model is more concerned with function within the whole system. Thus, the TCM spleen is not a specific piece of flesh, but an aspect of function related to transformation and transportation within the body, and of the mental functions of thinking and studying.

TCM practices include such treatments as acupuncture and herbal medicine and etc.

Question: What is Acupuncture?

Answer:acupuncture therapy is intention of promoting health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.

The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of "vital energy," "energetic balance" and "energetic imbalance." Acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this "vital energy" within its pathways, known as "meridians and channels".

The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these "meridians". Traditionally these areas or "acupoints" were stimulated by fine, slender needles. The aim is to adjust the "vital energy" so the proper amount reaches the proper place at the proper time. This helps your body heal itself.

Question: How effective Acupuncture treatment will be?

Answer:Several processes have been proposed to explain acupuncture's effects, primarily those on pain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body's self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. There are three main mechanisms:

Conduction of electromagnetic signals: Evidence was found that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating points along these pathways through acupuncture enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. These signals may start the flow of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins, and of immune system cells to specific sites in the body that are injured or vulnerable to disease.

Activation of opioid systems: Research has found that several types of opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.

Changes in brain chemistry, sensation, and involuntary body functions: Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature are regulated.

Question: Is there side effect of Acupuncture?

Answer: When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is safe and effective, free from adverse or addictive side effects. Quite often, a sense of relaxation and well-being occurs during and after treatments. While undergoing therapy for one ailment, other problems may resolve concurrently. This is a common side benefit that again demonstrates the value of balancing the quality and quantity of "vital energy" within the entire person.

Question: Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Answer:Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. The sensations that follow range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. The needles used for acupuncture are much smaller that the standard hypodermic needle, do not draw blood and are solid, not hollow.

Question: What is Herbal Medicine?
Answer: Chinese herbal medicines generally consist of several herbs and other ingredients, dried and ground into powder, mixed and formed into pills.  They may come in other forms such as teas, powders, or capsules.

Question:What is difference between Chinese medicine and Western medicine?
Answer: Chinese medicine designs HERBAL remedies, while Western medicine is designing DRUGS for diseases. Please note that DRUGS and HERBS are totally different. Drugs are man made chemicals with powerful efficacious modes of action as well as dangerous side effects. Herbs are nature made foods with great healing properties and no side effects. A healthy person would never in his right mind take a drug, so why should a sick person be given any? A sick person's body is already in a wakened state. The side effects of a drug are sometimes worse than the disease itself.

Western drugs do not cure diseases. They only suppress the symptoms of the disease while doing nothing to remove the underlying cause. In many instances, Western medicine does not even know the true cause of the disease. Chinese medicine looks for the cause and cure for the disease.  For example, when a person has insomnia, what will Western medicine do? it is giving sleeping pills so you can sleep overnight but side effects would be you may lose your memory and you still could not sleep when without the pills. What will Chinese medicine do here? We treat your organ malfunction or deficiency based on each person's different conditions and you will have good sleep again by yourself not by relying on any pills, there is no single side effect at all.

Use your own judgment from the information presented to make your own health decisions.
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