Traditional Chinese Medicine-5,000 years of wisdom
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which encompasses many different practices, is rooted in the ancient philosophy and dates back more than 5,000 years. Today, TCM is practiced side by side with Western medicine in many of China's hospitals and clinics.
As an acupuncturist, with 20 years of experience, Irv has been privileged to see many, many cases of healing, even after nothing else worked. Please review the About page to see if acupuncture and Oriental medicine may be appropriate for you. Irv looks forward to sharing his knowledge and providing personalized care to you.
TCM emphasizes individualized treatment. Practitioners traditionally used four methods to evaluate a patient's condition: observing (especially the tongue), hearing/smelling, asking/interviewing, and touching/palpating (especially the pulse).
TCM practitioners use a variety of therapies in an effort to promote health and treat disease. The most commonly used are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.
- Chinese Herbal Medicine The Chinesemateria medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) contains hundreds of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products—classified by their perceived action in the body. Different parts of plants such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds are used. Usually, herbs are combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders.
- Acupuncture By stimulating specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin metal needles through the skin, practitioners seek to remove blockages in the flow of qi.