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How Acupuncture
& Oriental Medicine
can help you.
Are you looking for:
A more personalized approach to healthcare?
Treatment of the whole person; body, mind and spirit?
Treatment as equally focused on preventitive healthcare as curative?
Treatments that have minimal or no side effects?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then TCM is right for you.

Why TCM?

Every person on this planet is uniquely different. Each disease pattern will be manifested just as differently. The outside sign or symptom may be the same, but the root cause most likely is not. In TCM multiple groups of complaints can be categorized and dealt with on an individual basis returning healthcare back to a personalized event.

Utilizing concepts such as Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, and the Three Treasures, TCM is superior in its innate perception of the body’s needs and requirements. TCM is able to recognize the internal problem by the outer manifestations and categorize it into logical causes by following the five elemental, eight parameter and pulse and tongue diagnostic methods. A headache, for example, is broken down into a subcategory looking at its nature, timing, location and intensity. It can come from a weakened digestion or a non-regulating [stagnation in the] liver. Both would be treated completely different.

Benefitsof TCM

TCM is based on prevention as much as it is highly effective on long-term, chronic patterns that afflict so many individuals. TCM has the ability to promote and maintain a standard of health which comes from a persons own ability to regulate and ward-off disease factors. Each of us is a microcosmic unit of elements, emotions and spirit. By helping a person to harmonize these three aspects good health is attained.


TCM and Prevention

The area of disease prevention is becoming a more accepted and viable way of thought. Even with the most open minded person, prevention is still a hard concept to comprehend. The question is why some people become ill and not others. For many of us the deeper question is “what can I do?” For thousands of years the great Chinese physicians believed in taking measures to ward off disease by keeping a patient’s organ system harmonized.

TCM states that if all of the five organ networks are working harmoniously disease will not be able to penetrate.

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Licensing & Regulations
In the state of Colorado, acupuncture and Oriental medicine is a regulated and licensed healthcare profession. A licensed acupuncturist will have the letters L.Ac. after his or her name. L.Ac's have passed national board exams and are certified by the NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Dipl. Ac., Dipl. CH, or Dipl. OM are additional titles that acupuncturists may use to show that they have passed the national board examinations. Chiropractors may also practice acupuncture; however, they are only required to complete weekend courses as opposed to the nearly 3000-hour programs that L.As.'s complete. M.D.'s and D.O.'s may practice "medical acupuncture." Medical acupuncturists learn acupuncture in a Western-science framework, and while this may be helpful, it should not be confused with the practice of TCM.
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