TCM Needling, also known as acupuncture, is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body. These points are believed to be connected to channels, or meridians, through which the body's energy, or qi, flows.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of health conditions and is often used in conjunction with other forms of TCM treatment, such as herbal medicine and cupping. Some of the most common conditions treated with acupuncture include:
Pain: Acupuncture is often used to treat various types of pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
Stress and anxiety: Acupuncture is often used to reduce stress and anxiety and promote relaxation.
Digestive disorders: Acupuncture is often used to treat digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux.
Respiratory conditions: Acupuncture is often used to treat respiratory conditions, such as asthma and allergies.
Women's health: Acupuncture is often used to treat women's health conditions, such as menstrual cramps and infertility.
During an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner will insert the needles into specific points on the body, often leaving them in place for several minutes. The needles are very thin, and most people experience little to no discomfort during the treatment. Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed practitioner, but it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before undergoing treatment.