Traditional Chinese Medicine, otherwise known as TCM, consists of using both acupuncture and Chinese herbs. It is based on over 2500 years of practical knowledge.
TCM strives for balance in the body, mind and spirit. You will hear your ND talk about “Qi” or energy that needs to flow freely in your body. When it does not we experience symptoms, such as pain and fatigue. Every illness has two defined sides (e.g., Yin and Yang, or Excess and Deficiency). According to the Chinese, a state of good health can only be achieved through balance and harmony.
TCM diagnosis is based on assessment of physical symptoms, examination of the tongue and palpation of the wrist pulses. This combination of the data enables your ND to make a TCM diagnosis of the cause of imbalance and to decide which acupuncture points and TCM herbs are necessary to treat and balance the body.
There are fourteen TCM meridians that run through the body. By inserting acupuncture needles or simply putting pressure (acupressure) on the specific points along these meridians, the organs and vessels can be tonified or sedated to achieve balance. Chinese herbs have therapeutic properties, much like western herbs, that also balance the body, for example, there are warming and cooling herbs.
At Arborvitae, Dr. Laura uses TCM diagnosis and treatment of her patients through acupuncture or acupressure to resolve a number of conditions, from anxiety and insomnia to arthritis and PMS.