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What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

For over 3000 years, people from all walks of life have enjoyed the many benefits of Chinese medicine. Even with important advances in western science, the use of holistic healthcare continues to grow worldwide. Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, some forms of massage, nutrition and exercise. It is a highly individualized and holistic form of medicine, valuble in the treatment and prevention of a wide range of health concerns.

Acupuncture is a time-tested form of healthcare which involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. It is based on a medical theory that defines good health as a balance of systems and circulation in the individual. Acupuncture can reestablish balance by improving the flow of energy and blood, by enhancing circulaton to systems that are depleted or by directing it away from areas of excess.

There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body, and each point has several potential functions. Your practitioner will choose appropriate points based on an in-depth diagnostic process which will include a thorough health history, pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis. Your acupuncturist also takes in many subtle details about you, like the sound of your voice and the luster of your skin, in order to arrive at a working diagnosis. Points are chosen according to the function they provide in treatment; they may or may not be chosen in the area of the condition being treated.

Contrary to a common misperception, acupuncture is rarely painful. Acupuncture needles are not much larger than the diameter of a human hair, and they are not hollow like a hyperdermic needle. They glide beween tissues with little or no discomfort. In fact, many clients fall asleep during treatment. For optimal safety, we use pre-sterilized needles which we dispose of after each use.

The practitioners at The Tiger Mountain Center for Acupuncture work closely with you to ensure that acupuncture is supported by education towards healthy habits, like proper nutrition. They spend time learning about you and your health, so that a plan can be created to achieve your goals.

The Benefits of Chinese Medicine

  • Considers all aspects of the individual
  • Treats the root cause of the disease as well as the symptoms
  • Alleviates side-effects of western medical treatment
  • Enhances the body's natural healing processes
  • Drug-free
  • Successfully treats many illnesses for which western medicine is less effective
  • Supports treatment involving western medicine
  • Improves general health as it addresses specific conditions
  • Generally has no side-effects