For over 3,500 years, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been helping people prevent and treat disease and injury. Originating in China, TCM has gained in popularity here in the United States since the 1970‘s and has been increasingly accepted as a safe, effective treatment for many of today’s ailments. Rooted in a perspective of balance amongst natural interactions within the body, as well as the body’s interactions with its environment, TCM provides a unique and comprehensive paradigm of health care that can compliment, or in some cases provide a safe alternative for, modern biomedical health care. Here at Naples Valley Acupuncture, you have access to time-tested, and increasingly research-proven, tools and techniques that have helped people bring balance to their bodies over generations.

There are 5 branches of therapeutic focus involved in TCM.  These branches are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Bodywork, Movement, and Nutrition.  While Acupuncture is the branch people seek a Licensed Acupuncturist to assist with, each of these branches are equally important in the health of a whole person, and treatments often address each branch as appropriate for the condition

An ancient technique in which very thin, solid, sterile needles are inserted into the skin for the purpose of manipulating the flow of Qi/energy in the body to promote balance and well-being.Based upon time-tested study and use of hundreds of herbs and formulations, the Chinese Materia Medica is a valuable resource for medicines to treat a many illnesses, from the common cold to more long-term, chronic conditions, and to promote general health.  Sometimes referred to as “needle-less acupuncture”, there are many bodywork techniques acupuncturists are trained and qualified to perform.  Some examples are:

Moxibustion: a technique that involves the burning of specific herbs over or on acupoints to stimulate nourishment and circulation of the body’s Qi.

Tuina (pronounced Tway-nah): translates to mean “push-pull”, Tui-na is an umbrella term for many basic hands-on massage techniques within the scope of the TCM repertoire and a Licensed Acupuncturists qualifications.

Cupping and Gua-sha: techniques that utilize tools other than needles to stimulate circulation and promote change. Cupping utilizes plastic or heated glass cups applied to areas of the body to form a vacuum-seal suction. Gua-sha utilizes blunt-shaped tools to scrape against the skin in order to produce strong qi and blood circulation. All techinques help to relax the body’s tissues, release pathogens, relieve pain, and restore body balance. Movement of the body is required for qi to move. Often injury or illness limits a person’s ability to move effectively. Tai Qi (pronounced Tai-chee) and Qi gong are both systems of exercise that are gentle and focused for promoting balance and health in the body. Certain exercises to do at home may be recommended. Based upon the flavors and natures of foods, many of which you are already familiar with, Chinese Dietary Therapy focuses on how food interacts within the body and can promote or hinder healing. Patients may be asked to document and share their dietary habits and given appropriate recommendations to support their health goals.