Acupuncture originated in China more than 2000 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses the modalities of acupuncture techniques, herbal medicine and tuina/massage. The theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine can be described most simply as the belief that proper physiological function depends on the circulation of energy “Qi”, substances and nutrients through a network of meridians in the body. When the flow of "Qi" through the body becomes disrupted, there can be pain and ill health. The cause of ill health may be trauma, injury, pathogens or diseases transmitted through the environment, as well as lifestyle factors such as side effects of medications, poor diet, stress, overwork and emotional factors. Through the stimulation of acupuncture points, we can promote a more even flow of “Qi” throughout the body, and help the body return to a more harmonious state of balance and health over time.
Acupuncture treats the body as a whole, and focuses on the underlying cause as well as the symptom. This is referred to as treating both the “root” and “branch,” because the origin of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on observations of the universe as a whole. What makes treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine stand out is that while practitioners focus on treating the presenting symptom (for example: headache), they will simultaneously focus on treating the “root” reason why the patient is afflicted by chronic headache. With continued acupuncture treatment, the patient can expect to see improvement in both the severity and incidence of the condition for which they sought treatment. It is in this manner that acupuncture and treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine can encourage the body to heal itself, providing relief from symptoms and a healthy sense of empowerment for the patient.
The modern scientific explanation of how acupuncture works is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture result in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Our office is located in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, CA, with convenient access via car from the I-5 and Highway 78.
1207 Carlsbad Village Dr., Suite T
Carlsbad, CA 92008
We are also easily accessible via public transportation, located 6 blocks from the Carlsbad Village Coaster Station. Schedules can be found at www.gonctd.com.