Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Chinese culture all things contain both Yin and Yang, which are complementary and opposing qualities. Health is the harmony of Yin and Yang, whereas disharmony is the cause of disease. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the practitioner works to restore the balance and harmony between Yin and Yang via diet, Chinese herbs, Acupuncture, and physical exercise.
Acupuncture is more than 3,00 years old and is the insertion of very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific acupuncture points to harmonize Yin and Yang and/or in local points for pain relief. Acupuncture points, many of which correspond to nerve bundles or trigger points, are located on meridians (pathways of energy flow) on the body. The sensation experienced is very individual, going unnoticed by some and felt as tingling, numbness, ache, warmth, cold, or heaviness by others. The length of an acupuncture treatment typically lasts 20-30 minutes and the frequency will depend on the condition, ranging from 3 times a week to once a month.
Addictions and withdrawal, stress reduction, fatigue, frequent colds, fertility, and of course pain are common reasons to seek acupuncture treatment. Dr. Stephanie Cordes also offers electroacupuncture treatments (the application of a small electrical current, similar to a TENS machine) and auricular acupuncture (commonly used for addictions, mental health and trauma) in her practice.