Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic medical system that combines acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, and massage to bring the body into balance. While Western medicine focuses closely on symptoms to find an underlying cause, TCM considers the body as a whole. TCM views symptoms from more than one perspective, which permits the treatment of disease as a unique pattern in each individual rather than a static condition that is the same for everyone. This approach gives TCM the depth and complexity necessary to be a truly holistic medicine.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used as the primary methods to achieve balance and harmony in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine begins with an analysis of the entire system, leading to a focus on correcting imbalances. Acupuncture has been more widely researched in the West and is recognized by the World Health Organization to be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is beneficial in treating disorders such as: strokes and paralysis, infertility, gynecological disorders, skin diseases, insomnia, heart disease, fatigue and digestive dysfunction. Acupuncture successfully treats musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain, headaches, pregnancy related complications, stress, allergies, colds, depression, anxiety and addictions, women’s health such as endometriosis, menopause, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, uterine bleeding, leucorrhea, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), prolonged labour, and many others.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterilized, single-use needles into specific locations in the body. Insertion depth ranges from ¼ – 1 inch. Some people experience sensations of tingling, distention, heaviness, cramping or electric sensations moving along meridian pathways. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily moved to reach areas like shoulders, knees, thighs, etc.
BodaHealth practitioners recognize the strengths and limitations of Allopathic medicine and apply the principles of TCM to successfully heal problems that have not responded to other treatments. We work with a wide range of health care providers to optimize your wellness.
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Jeda Boughton, B.A., R.Ac., Dr. TCM, FABORM
Antonella Amabile, DTCM, R.Ac.
Christopher Turpin, DTCM, R.Ac.
Vanessa Tam BSN, DTCM, RAc, R.TCM.P
Cary Rendek B.A., MBA, R.Ac., R.TCM.P., FABORM
Emily Lewis, R.Ac.