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TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine developed in China over 5,000 years ago. It is a system of medicine that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, exercise (qigong) and diet therapy. The emphasis in Chinese medicine is on functional systems of the body and how well they integrate with each other. Essential life energy, called qi, flows through the body along channels called meridians. Meridians are like rivers. They nourish all the tissues, structures and organs of the body. An obstruction in the movement of the meridians is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. When the flow of qi is blocked or out of balance, illness or pain results. Certain characteristic patterns show which systems of the body are affected. These disharmonies are reflected in the pulse and tongue as well as other microsystems of the body. Practitioners use this information to diagnose and treat various conditions, bringing the body back into balance.

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions including:

*acute or chronic pain (sciatica, migraines, joint and muscle pain)
*stress, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder
*emotional blockages
* insomnia
*digestive issues (IBS, diarrhea, bloating)
*respiratory issues (common cold, asthma)
*women’s issues (PMS, pregnancy)
*cancer patients (support)