TCM views the body as a dynamic, interrelated whole possessing a vital energy or life force called Qi (sometimes spelled “Chi”). Health depends upon the free-flow of Qi throughout the body. When dis-ease occurs, specific acupuncture points and herbs are chosen to re-balance the energy and allow the body to heal itself.
Practitioners licensed in California have undergone extensive training in TOM and passed an exhaustive licensing test. To maintain their license, they are required to complete 50 hours of continuing education units in every two-year renewal period.
Acupuncture, the insertion of superfine flexible needles into specific points along the body, can treat acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers and strengthen the immune system. Depending on the patient’s complaint, visits may be required daily, 2 or 3 times per week, weekly or monthly.
Practitioners in California use sterilized, single-use needles.