What is Acupuncture & TCM?
TCM is Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is thousands of years old, and the fact that it is still practiced today showcases how amazing and effective a medicine it is.
TCM is based on the concept of QI, an 'energy' that is our lifeforce, and any imbalance within this can lead onto illness and disease.
TCM isn't a 'cure' for a condition - it simply allows your body to regain balance and control to help allow it to heal. It's about putting your body and mind back into it's best possible condition to assist you with life and your health.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, single use, sterile needles into points on the body.
Each point is attributed to a different action that it will address. TCM is about looking at the body and mind as a whole, as one, and the reason for a health issue can be due to other factors that are lacking in the body. For this reason, if you come to see me for a stiff back, don't be alarmed if I put needles in your foot to treat it!
As a Western medicine explanation, Acupuncture can help by improving the immune system, positively affecting the nervous system and neurotransmitters.
This is a very basic explanation and if you wish to know more, there are many detailed resources on the internet, but also please just ask me!