Acupuncture is currently the most well-known and most widely used modality of TCM. A system that has been used for over 2000 years, it utilizes fine hair-thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body which can effect local and systemic changes. Its goal is to correct imbalances in the body and re-establish the free flow of energy.
While acupuncture is most commonly used to address muscular pain and discomfort, it is also highly effective in the treatment of more complex conditions including, but not limited to, insomnia, stress, fatigue, digestive issues, menstrual irregularities, and auto-immune disease.
Herbal medicine is a modality of TCM that has been utilized for over 2000 years. It involves the use of organic substances such as plant roots, leaves, berries, and seeds that are combined in very specific formulations. They are then administered as decoctions/tea, granular powder, syrup, or pills.
Herbal medicine differs from acupuncture in that it not only adjusts the internal enviornment of the body, but it also adds substance to the body since it involves the ingestion of herbs. This can have profound effects on the body, especially for chronic conditions that may involve fatigue, muscular degeneration, etc.