The ancient Chinese doctors believed that the tongue was an integral tool in observing the health of the entire body. Various maps have been created to depict where on the tongue particular organ systems or body parts represent. An Acupuncturist has been trained to analyze these different areas of the tongue and observe its quality, color, and texture, to be able to understand various health conditions and overall energetic harmony.
According to the Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic (one of the oldest textbooks of Traditional Chinese Medicine written over 4,000 years ago), Acupuncture and its related therapies are a great tool for preventing illnesses before they even happen.
It seems to be the season you either love or hate, but like it or not, winter is upon us. The Winter Solstice marks the day with the longest night and the shortest day of the year. At least the days can only get longer and lighter from here!
Winter is the most yin time of the year. This means it's time to be more introverted and retrospective. Slow down and observe what is happening in nature and inside of you. The energy is cold, dark, quiet, and pulls inward to conserve strength for the springtime.
Acupuncture is generally one of the safest treatment therapies available today. It is extremely rare to experience an injury or worsened health condition in the hands of a licensed Acupuncturist. This is because the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine is to work with the energy of the body in a gentle, natural, and holistic way.
If you ask an Acupuncturist what Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat, they will most likely say "Anything!". TCM is different from Western medicine because of its holistic perspective. We don't just treat the specific symptoms, we treat the entire body and take a look at the root cause of illness. All of those random health problems you experience? In TCM diagnostics, they are most likely all related and share a similar cause. Even if you aren't experiencing a particular health problem, Acupuncture can strengthen the body, boost your energy and digestion, calm your mind, and detox your system to prevent future illness. According to the World Health Organization, Acupuncture and TCM has been scientifically proven to help the conditions displayed below. However, TCM is by no means restricted to this list alone; new studies are being conducted and added to the list every year!
So you've decided to try Acupuncture, or maybe you're just curious about what it's like. Either way, congratulations on making the first step towards exploring a natural, alternative, and holistic treatment method! Although it may seem daunting to have a dozen needles inserted into your skin, Acupuncture is an extremely safe and beneficial therapy that instills a harmonious balance into your body and even prevents future illness.