Chinese medicine is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical systems in the world, originating in China more than 3,000 years ago. Although it has been offered in the United States for more than 150 years, most Americans were exposed to it in 1972 when New York Times columnist James Reston used acupuncture during a trip to China to provide pain relief from an emergency appendectomy. Chinese medicine is a major healthcare system for over one-quarter of the world's population and the benefit of acupuncture cannot be denied. It is an effective, low cost modality that works in harmony with the body's natural healing ability. Treatment focuses on the well being of the entire person, not simply on the physical complaints and symptoms.
According to the theories of Chinese medicine , all of the disorders or diseases from which people suffer can be related to an imbalance in one's Qi , or vital energy. Qi regulates a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance. When Qi flow is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, pain and/or disease can result. Chinese medicine 's aim, then, is to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked.
Chinese medicine is gentle and free of the side effects of many drugs used for the same conditions. As a form of primary healthcare, it addresses a broad range of conditions that Western medicine finds difficult to treat such as stress, depression, addiction, chronic pain, allergies, migraines and low back pain. In addition to treating primary health complaints, the benefits of Chinese medicine also include pain relief, immune enhancement and increased energy and well being.