Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

What is Traditional Chinese or Oriental Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest continually practiced forms of medicine in the world, dating back at least 2,500 years. Currently one quarter of the world's population makes use of Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, moxa, cupping, massage, nutrition, exercise and other modalities.

TCM integrates body, mind, and spirit, concentrating on ongoing wellness versus treating symptoms, thus enhancing the body's natural healing ability.

One of the basic principles of TCM is the concept of Qi (Chee). "Qi" or "energy" flows through the body via channels called meridians. When Qi is blocked by stress, poor diet, physical trauma, or lack of exercise, disease can ensue.

How does Traditional Chinese Medicine work?

TCM works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the body. Several methods are used to re-balance Qi and circulation, but acupuncture is a cornerstone. Acupuncture is the use of extremely fine needles inserted at acupuncture points along the meridians. Over 365 points on the body can affect the flow of Qi within the meridians, but very few points are used during one treatment, typically 10 to 16.

How are practitioners trained and licensed?

In the United States TCM is regulated by state licensing boards, except in a few states such as Michigan. In addition, practitioners can be nationally board certified in acupuncture. Kristin Whitfield, L Ac, Dipl OM, MAOM is both a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and a registered (Michigan) and licensed (Massachusetts) acupuncturist.

Is Traditional Chinese Medicine safe?

When practiced correctly by trained, qualified professionals, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are safe and have minimal documented side effects. Disposable, single-use, sterile needles are always used.

Is acupuncture comfortable?

Most people feel the needles enter the skin. When the needle is inserted, a slight discomfort may occur. If pain is experienced, it dissipates quickly. Sensations reported include heat, pressure, tingling, achiness, and heaviness. Kristin's clients report feeling comfortable and relaxed both during and after treatments.

What conditions is Traditional Chinese Medicine useful for?

The World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health recognize acupuncture as an effective treatment modality for many health conditions. Back pain, asthma, depression, addictions, carpal tunnel syndrome, gastrointestinal symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stress, infertility, gynecological issues, premenstrual syndrome, the turning of breech babies, labor induction, menopause symptoms, headaches, joint and arthritis pain, cancer pain and many other conditions respond well to Oriental Medicine.

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Brochure (653 kb PDF file)

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine services are provided by:

Kristin Whitfield, L Ac, Dipl OM, MAOM