TCM Riverside is one of the various non-invasive treatments we offer at Acupuncture Riverside. This holistic approach involves the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines.
Hundreds of clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating musculoskeletal and neurological problems. We use other forms of stimulation other than needles or instead of it. Other stimulants we use instead of needles are mentioned below. Sometimes these are used in conjunction together to enhance the effects.
Other forms of stimulation: heat through Moxibustion (the burning of herbal leaves on or near the body); suction through Cupping (the application of warmed glass jars to create suction on specific parts of the body); pressure through Acupressure (applying pressure on particular points on the body called acupoints); friction; and, impulses of electromagnetic energy.
Acupuncture, however, is not for everyone. Before seeking help from an acupuncturist, we advise patients to first consult with their primary physicians or health care providers this option. Acupuncture should not be used to replace conventional care. It is not advisable for people with pacemakers to go through an acupuncture procedure involving mild electrical pulses. These can directly affect the function of the pacemaker. Pregnant or lactating women should also be cautious as some types are said to stimulate labor. This may result in premature delivery. People who have bleeding disorders and are taking blood thinners are also not good candidates for acupuncture. With acupuncture, their chances of bleeding or bruising may increase.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Products
Chinese herbal medicines are plant-based that may come with or without mineral or animal products. These are prescribed to restore balance in the body, the same principle used for acupuncture. The medicines may be in the form of powder, lotions, pastes, or tablets. Some studies have shown that Chinese herbal medicines can successfully treat various disorders, particularly gastrointestinal and gynecological disorders. However, just like with acupuncture, people have to be cautious about taking any Chinese herbal concoctions. These herbs can be potent. Some may even be toxic when taken in high doses. Others may cause allergic reactions.
Since some herbal products need to be digested, the practitioner may also advise on some dietary changes.
Your Initial TCM Visit
Your Acupuncture Riverside practitioner will ask you about your health history, symptoms, behaviors, and lifestyle. Parts of your body like your tongue or areas experiencing some pain or discomfort will be examined. Through these assessment methods, the acupuncturist can develop a treatment plan that mainly addresses your conditions. Before beginning the treatment, your acupuncturist will tell you which part of your body will be treated. You may be asked to remove some clothing. A gown or towel will be provided. To begin the acupuncture procedure, you will be asked to lie on a padded treatment table. When you are comfortable, the acupuncturist will start stimulating specific acupoints with sterilized needles. Between five to 20 needles are used on average. You may feel a mild aching sensation, but most people do not feel any discomfort at all. Depending on your condition, your acupuncturist may also twirl the needles after placement or use another stimulant mentioned earlier. The needles will stay in place for about 10-20 minutes before they are removed.
Request an appointment with Acupuncture Riverside
If interested in our holistic treatment, TCM Riverside, or just acupuncture, you can request an appointment with us. Call Acupuncture Riverside on the number provided on this page.