About Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is one of the most ancient, effective healing systems in the world. TCM is a holistic medical system which combines the use of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, moxibustion, and body work to bring the body into optimal balance. Today, TCM is used all over the world as a safe, effective, and powerful healing system to treat body, mind, and spirit.
How does acupuncture work?
Chinese medical theory is based on the idea that there are two opposing yet intertwined forces in our bodies. Yin is the cold, slow, and passive force and yang is the hot, active, and excited force. When these two forces are in balance, we feel healthy and happy. An imbalance in these forces can block the flow of qi (or vital energy) which can result in pain and illness. Qi flows through 14 meridians or pathways along the body that each correlate to a different organ system. These meridians are connected by a web of more than 2,000 acupuncture points. To unblock and stimulate the flow of qi, acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points on the body. Research indicates that the use of acupuncture needles stimulates the flow of endorphins in the body, or the body’s natural painkillers. It is said that acupuncture positively affects the nervous and endocrine systems, thereby increasing mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe when performed by licensed and trained acupuncturists. Marisa is board certified and licensed by the State of California and holds national credentials from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She uses only sterile, disposable needles.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture needles are made of a fine, hair-thin metal. Marisa uses Japanese needles which are even smaller and smoother than traditional Chinese acupuncture needles. Some patients report a slight pricking sensation when the needle is inserted into the skin, and others feel nothing at all. Once the needles are in place, a sense of warmth, heaviness or tingling sets in. Patients enter a deep state of relaxation and often fall asleep.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
It is well documented that acupuncture promotes the body’s natural ability to heal itself. While it is quite successful in addressing pain and other conditions, TCM aims to prevent illness and maintain health and well-being.
According to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health, Chinese Medicine has been successfully used to treat the following conditions
• Menstrual disorders
• Menstrual cramps
• Morning sickness
• Malposition of fetus
• Induction of labor
• Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
• Neck and Back Pain
• Carpal Tunnel
• Postoperative Pain
• Meniere's Disease
Does TCM work with Traditional Western Medicine?
TCM complements many branches of Western medicine. Marisa works closely with Dr. David Anzaldua M.D. at Vitality Medicine Center in Monterey. Together, they address pain management and women’s reproductive and gynecological health. For more information about Dr. Anzaldua’s practice, visit www.vitalitymedicine.net.
What types of treatments are used in TCM? What can I expect at a consultation?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic system that includes the use of acupuncture, moxa, cupping, massage, medicinal herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. Depending on the needs of the individual, Marisa may suggest some or all of these treatments:
• Moxibustion refers to the practice of burning mugwort or moxa and applying it directly on or above acupuncture points to stimulate the flow of circulation and qi in the body.
• Cupping is the use of suction cups, primarily on the back, to relieve pain and for detoxification. Using a mechanical pump to create a vacuum seal, suction is created on the skin which moves qi and increases blood flow to the affected area of the body.
• Massage including trigger point therapy, Swedish massage and deep tissue massage for her clients.
• Herbs and supplements based on each patient’s individual assessment, Marisa can prescribe Traditional Chinese herbs—available in pill and powder forms—as well as vitamins, homeopathics, and Western herbs.
• Nutritional and Lifestyle Changes Marisa will assess how a patient’s diet and lifestyle may be contributing to his or her ailments and suggest changes that will support the path to optimal health.
Mijares L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Cass Street, Suite 203, Monterey CA 93940 • 831.402.6157 • email@example.com