What is TCM? What does acupuncture & TCM treat?

TCM stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine and encompasses many modalities including but not limited to Acupuncture. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.

Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat (not limited to): Allergies, Migraine & Headache, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Shock, Addiction, Smoking Cessation, Cold & Flu, Sore Throat, Cough, Fatigue, Arthritis & Joint Issues, Any Musculoskeletal Complaints, Insomnia, Menopause, Fertility & Reproductive issues, Menstrual Cycle Irregularities & PMS, Libido issues, Diarrhea, Constipation, IBS/IBD, Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis    Nausea & Vomiting, Acid Reflux, Bloating, Gas, Urinary Issues, Trigeminal Neuralgia & Facial Palsy, Asthma, Numbness & Tingling in body, Tooth Pain, Eye Issues, Dizziness & Vertigo, Hypertension, Recovery After Surgery, Blood glucose regulation (diabetes, insulin resistance, etc.) Symptoms From Chemotherapy, Peripheral Neuropathy and more.

Does acupuncture hurt?

When treatments are provided by a trained medical professional, most people barely feel the needle insertion (if it all). Acupuncture needles can be as thin as hair and once inserted, often times, the individual forgets they are there.

Are there risks associated with acupuncture and/or other modalities?

When treatments are provided by a trained medical professional, the risks associated are very minimal. If you are unsure what level of training an acupuncturist receives, check out the link on the main page entitled “Know your acupuncturist”.

Will I notice a difference after the first treatment or will it take a long time?

Every person is different and unique and there are many factors to consider when evaluating change such as: complexity of issues, intensity, type of issue, length of time with issue and much more. Because acupuncture is a subtle medicine it often requires more frequent visits when beginning the treatments. Some issues are resolved after 1-2 treatments while others take months to see significant results.

Can children receive acupuncture?

Absolutely. In addition to acupuncture, other modalities such as acupressure (no needles), cupping and herbal therapy can be utilized for little ones.

Does acupuncture work with western approaches or other types of treatment methods?

Absolutely. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used in conjunction with or single-handedly to combat a wide variety of issues, diseases and complaints. At Wild Elements, we believe in seeing the holistic picture of each individual and we know that often times that includes other approaches, practitioners and viewpoints. We will work diligently to support your “care network” and encourage cooperation, communication and support to better aid in the journey of health, vitality and finding your most authentic self.

How should I prepare for a visit?

There are a few things that you should keep in mind before receiving a treatment:

  • Eat something within an hour of your appointment (a light meal or snack)
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit
  • Wear loose, relaxed-fit clothing for a comfortable and relaxing treatment
  • Write down and bring any questions or concerns you may have
  • Keep track of changes that occur between treatments
  • Get plenty of rest and drink extra water to supplement your treatment

Other questions?

We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about acupuncture and/or Asian medicine. Feel free to call, email or stop by!