Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the formal term for the combined therapies of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, moxibustion and other healing modalities. TCM theory achieves good health by balancing energies in the body using these several methods. The theory has evolved over thousands of years and is safe and highly effective. TCM uses a "holistic" approach, meaning it treats any individual problem by treating the whole body at the same time. A patient can expect TCM to provide benefits for virtually any illness. Many people choose a TCM practitioner as their primary natural healthcare provider to complement the care they are receiving from their primary care physician.
Traditional Chinese medicine today is a comprehensive healthcare system based on 23 centuries of cross-cultural knowledge of the human body and mind. It is accepted around the globe as a safe, effective and holistic complement to conventional western medicine. TCM is not only used for pain management, but also is for the treatment of most acute and chronic diseases. The World Health Organization lists more than 100 illnesses that are effectively treatable with acupuncture. Athletes use TCM to achieve optimum performance levels increase endurance, strength and stamina. Traditional Chinese herbal remedies have been proven clinically to aid organ function and strengthen the immune system.
All About Balance
TCM is based primarily on a theory of balanced "energy" in the body. At the first visit, Dr. Odell will conduct a comprehensive intake to assess your health status and energy balance. TCM assessment includes a complete health history, a review of medical records, as well as special observations of the patient's pulse and tongue. Once the patient's imbalance is determined, the practitioner can go to work immediately to restore balance with acupuncture, herbal remedies, and the various other modalities discussed herein.
Where Do The Meridians Fit It?
TCM works on the premise of meridian theory: that there are patterns of energy flow called "Qi" (pronounced chee) throughout the body which is related to the organs, glands and tissues. When the body is in good health, energy flow is balanced and consistent. However, when energy flow is disrupted due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, or other factors, pain and illness result.
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