Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture, which involves inserting very thin needles at various points on the body, is part of the broader system of Chinese medicine. It’s very well-researched, having been documented for a number of health problems, including pain, allergies, migraines, infertility, stroke, hypertension and more. In fact, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery include acupuncture in their treatment guidelines for back pain and allergies, respectively. Hospitals are using acupuncture in their emergency and labor and delivery rooms to ease pain and stress, and the armed forces use it on the battlefield to ease physical and emotional trauma. We’re still discovering all the different ways it works, but we believe acupuncture has a significant effect on the body’s fascia and on neurotransmitters that conduct signals between the brain and the rest of the body. At Centered Spirit this Traditional Chinese Medicine is offered by Janet Lee.
Chinese herbal medicine, another “tool” in the acupuncturist’s arsenal, is also very powerful and is an integral part of treating patients, especially when it comes to fertility and women’s health. (Our practitioners only work with trustworthy suppliers who do extensive quality control checks on their herbs and manufacturing processes). The combination of herbs and acupuncture together has been shown to have a significant impact on fertility outcomes.
No matter which tool is used with a patient, the ultimate goal is to identify imbalances that are contributing to health problems and understand the source of those imbalances. The body wants to be healthy, wants to be in balance and acupuncture and herbs just help tip the scale back into your body’s favor. Good sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise and stress management help keep it that way.