Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, which also includes herbal remedies, massage, diet, and nutrition. The practice of acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin sterile needles into specific points in the body to create a therapeutic effect.


Acupuncture is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy - known as qi (pronounced "chee") - that circulates throughout twelve invisible energy lines, or meridians, on the body. In the tradition of Chinese medicine, it is said that disease or pain are often caused by an imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian. The goal of acupuncture, therefore, is to stimulate energy along the meridians to restore the normal and optimal flow of energy. This restoration can help decrease pain, provide therapeutic effects for disease management, and help increase overall vitality.

Acupuncture is often supplemented with traditional Chinese herbs to complement or enhance the results of therapy. The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was recorded as early as 300 B.C.E., with herbs playing a major role in treating disease and promoting health. TCM employs more than 3,000 herbs, 300 mineral and animal extracts, and more than 400 formulas that can be taken as teas, pills, tinctures, powders, or syrups. The acupuncturist at IOBT obtains herbs only from companies that follow good manufacturing processes, which include laboratory testing to verify the quality and safety of the herbs. The IOBT acupuncturist can also customize herbal formulas to meet the specific needs of any client.

Acupuncture Benefits

A wealth of evidence-based research exists confirming the efficacy of acupuncture for stimulation of various neurotransmitters, endorphins (the body's natural pain killers), and blood circulation, as well as regulation of the autonomic nervous system. IOBT clients use acupuncture to help with successful treatment of:

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat diseases and promote the healing ability of the body while restoring harmony. Over the centuries chinese herbs and formulas have been studied and organized into a complete healing system. The written history of Chinese herbal medicine goes back as far as 300 bc with Huang Di Nei Jing or The Yellow Emperors Inner Classic. In the third century AD, Zhang Zhong Jing, a celebrated master of Chinese medicine, wrote two classics on Chinese herbal medicine (Shang Han Lun-Discussion of Cold Induced disease) and (Jin Gui Yao Lun-Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber). These formulas continue to be clinically relevant today. Chinese herbal treatments can be administered in a variety ways and the following are types of herbs your practitioner may prescribe for you.

Raw Chinese Herbs are uncooked herbs such as flowers, barks, roots, twigs, etc. The formula requires cooking at home and consumed as a tea. These decoctions can be highly potent and easily digested. These herbal formulas can be very effective and individualized.

Granulated Herbs are dried decoctions of the raw herbs. They are mixed with warm water and do not need to be cooked. They tend to have about 80% the potency of the raw herbal formulas. They can be individualized and are more convenient to consume.

Patent Medicines are prepared herbal formulas that are made into small pills, tablets, syrups, lozenges, plasters or tinctures. These are very easy to take but cannot be individualized. They are very standard and are applicable to a wide variety of chronic and acute ailments.

While taking chinese herbs, one should expect changes to occur in the body. Changes can vary depending on the diagnosis, severity of symptoms, acute or chronic nature of the symptoms, the body's overall constitution and other variables to treatment such as stress, diet, exercise, etc.. Changes may include a reduction or cessation of symptoms, improved energy, improved digestion, decreased pain, etc.. It is always important to report any changes that occur and to notify the practitioner. This will allow him to reassess if the herbal treatment is right for you.

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