Balance. Harmony. Homeostasis. Innate Intelligence. Righteous Energy.
No matter what specific word is used, every form of medicine is based on this simple concept: our bodies are infinitely complex, self-regulating machines. Whether we are healthy or ill largely depends on how well our bodies maintain this complex balance.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) looks at the idea of balance and harmony in several different, practical ways. Interventions like Acupuncture and Herbal Medicines directly affect the functioning of the body and have an indirect effect on the body’s structure. Therapeutic Massage and exercises like Taijiquan directly affect the structure of the body, and have an indirect effect on the body’s functions. These two complementary approaches to health and healing combine very effectively, and give us two options to help fine tune your body’s ability to keep itself healthy.
TCM takes this concept of harmony a few steps further. We expand it to include harmony with one’s environment as well as harmony with your life’s direction. One of my Daoist teachers once told me that the ultimate goal of TCM was to reunite the patient with “their Heavenly Destiny”, that the strongest, truest harmony was only achieved when they were living the life they were meant to.
So if you find yourself in need of more balance in your life, come in and talk with our acupuncturist.