Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of healing that originated about 4,000 years ago. Using acupuncture, herbal medicine, qi-gong, dietary and lifestyle guidance, TCM has had great success in returning the body to a state of balance, thus alleviating symptoms of disease and restoring good health. TCM is unique in its approach because it seeks to treat the cause of disease, not merely the symptoms.
Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective treatment that incorporates the use of very fine, disposable, sterile needles that are inserted into specific points on pathways called meridians that flow throughout the body. Acupuncture works by regulating the flow of energy (called “qi”) through these meridians. It can produce a feeling of deep relaxation while it restores balance to the body.
Chinese herbal prescriptions are often combined with acupuncture to complete the treatment. Anywhere from 5 to 20 herbs may be used that are specifically chosen for the individual patient. Herbs are an important component in the healing process between acupuncture treatments. Simple qi-gong exercises and dietary advice may also be included to provide the patient with tools for self-healing.
Keiko Cronin is a licensed acupuncturist and a nationally certified diplomate in acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She has been in private practice since 1996 and is the former Academic Dean of both Yo San University and Emperor’s College. Prior to attending Five Branches Institute where she earned her Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Keiko studied at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA.
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