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As the well respected Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner Xiaolan Zhoa MD puts it, "Chinese medicine is all about restoring harmony in the body. Rather than pinpointing disease-causing bacteria and using antibiotics...TMC locates the weakness or imbalance that is causing susceptability to illness, and then helps the person achieve a harmonious and balanced state of well-being through supportive herbs, acupuncture...and lifestyle recommendations."

 Acupuncture (from Lat. acus, "needle" (noun), and pungere, "prick" (verb)) or in Standard Mandarin, zhēn jiǔ (lit: needle - moxibustion) is a technique of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into "acupuncture points" on the body with the aim of restoring health and well-being, e.g. treating pain and diseases.

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of but not limited to the following:

  • Acute and chronic pain control

  • Allergic sinusitis

  • Anesthesia for high-risk patients or patients with previous adverse responses to anesthetics

  • Anorexia 

  • Anxiety, fright, panic 

  • Arthritis 

  • Atypical chest pain (negative workup)

  • Bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Certain functional gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel) 

  • Cervical and lumbar spine syndrome 

  • Constipation, diarrhea 

  • Cough with contraindications for narcotics

  • Drug detoxification 

  • Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Headache (migraine and tension-type), vertigo (Meniere disease), tinnitus

  • Idiopathic palpitations, sinus tachycardia

  • In fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process

  • Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures

  • Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, post herpetic pain, other)

  • Paresthesias 

  • Persistent hiccups 

  • Phantom pain 

  • Plantar fasciitis 

  • Post-traumatic and post-operative ileus 

  • Premenstrual syndrome

  • Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)

  • Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia) 

  • Seventh nerve palsy

  • Severe hyperthermia 

  • Sprains and contusions

  • Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism

  • Urinary incontinence, retention (neurogenic, spastic, adverse drug effect)

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