Is Chinese herbal medicine a must for Acupuncture therapies?

Is Chinese herbal medicine a must for Acupuncture therapies?

Acupuncture is related to Chinese and developed as a science in China. Hence there is a popular perception that Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are related. There is also a faint opinion that Acupuncture therapies might involve using certain Chinese herbal medicines alongside. So is the notion Chinese herbal medicines are a must for Acupuncture therapies true?

A Brief about Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest methods of healing having its root of origin from China. TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is about 3,500 years older than western medicine. TCM practitioners explain that chronic pain and other disorders occur when there is disruption or imbalance in Qi. And the major role of Chinese Medicine is to restore the balance in Qi. Other concepts such as Yin/Yang which represent the harmony between opposing forces that support our health and the Five Element theory also play a major role in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine combines several forms of medicinal practices to cure diseases and to prevent upcoming diseases. The different forms in TCM include herbal medicine, diet, acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, Tai Chi, and Qigong.

 

About Herbal Medicine

 

Similar to Acupuncture, Chinese herbs are considered as a fundamental treatment therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. The herbs used in Chinese herbal therapy helps in addressing unhealthy patterns and restoring balance in our body. Herbal medicine also aims to strengthen your body and improve your resistance against diseases. Most commonly Chinese herbal treatment is used to treat common cold, flu, to increase energy, to improve digestion, to improve sleep, to regulate menstrual cycles, and to improve breathing. Studies have revealed that Chinese herbal medicine has been proven effective for a person to recover from the after-effects of chemotherapy or radiations.

 

A brief about Acupuncture

 

Over the year’s Chinese medicine have gained several promising evidence to support the use and effectiveness of acupuncture. Acupuncture unlike TCM is mainly used for chronic pain-related conditions like arthritis, migraines, joint pains, and chronic lower back pain. Unlike herbal therapy acupuncture makes use of thin needles which are inserted precisely into the 350-400 different acupuncture points.

The needles used in acupuncture are hair-like thin and are inserted not more than an inch deep into our skin. The use of needles is regarded as being completely safe. The depth and the duration of the needles being inserted into our body depends on the type of condition the patient is suffering from. On average, an acupuncture session can take about 30-60 minutes.

 

About Herbal Medicine

 

Similar to Acupuncture, Chinese herbs are considered as a fundamental treatment therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. The herbs used in Chinese herbal therapy helps in addressing unhealthy patterns and restoring balance in our body. Herbal medicine also aims to strengthen your body and improve your resistance against diseases. Most commonly Chinese herbal treatment is used to treat common cold, flu, to increase energy, to improve digestion, to improve sleep, to regulate menstrual cycles, and to improve breathing. Studies have revealed that Chinese herbal medicine has been proven effective for a person to recover from the after-effects of chemotherapy or radiations.

 

Combination of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

 

Though both of these two traditional Chinese medical practices are very different from each other, there are instances where both these treatment options are employed on the same patient. This mostly happens when a person is suffering from a syndrome which requires treatment form both herbal medicine and acupuncture. But there is no necessity that TCM has to be employed as a mandatory procedure for a particular ailment in any Acupuncture therapies. At MIAH, we do not employ any TCM for the treatments we provide.

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