Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic approach to medicine with an extensive and rich history of utilizing acupuncture, cupping, herbs, and tuina massage to effectively treat a variety of symptoms and illnesses; most notably pain, anxiety, stress, and fertility. Acupuncturists at Optimal Health Collective have extensive training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and frequently integrate a combination of acupuncture, cupping, and massage into treatment strategies for patients.
Common myths about acupuncture are that it is painful/uncomfortable and requires needles. Although acupuncture primarily uses needles, there are needleless alternatives for anyone who is nervous about them. The needles are hair-thin, meaning they are extremely fine and with strategic placement will be virtually painless and unnoticeable throughout the treatment. What you will notice is feeling great and relaxed throughout and after the treatment.
Acupuncture utilizes the strategic placement of fine needles into the skin, called acupuncture points, to enhance the flow of Qi/energy. There are about 365 acupuncture points which connect 12 main pathways (meridians) throughout the body by which qi flows through and keeps the body in balance. Ailments and illnesses of the body will block the optimal flow of qi. Acupuncture will unblock these pathways to restore balance and health to the body and mind.