About Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tui Na

About TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese therapeutic massage called Tui Na. TCM has been used in China for thousands of years. 3,000 years ago, references to acupuncture appear as inscriptions on bones and shells. The first acupuncture instruments were made of stone (ouch!). Today the tools of the trade have changed, but treatments still use the knowledge gathered over centuries of practice. The fundamental idea is that when the energy of the body is in balance there is health, when it is out of balance, there is illness or pain. Acupuncture, Herbs and Tui Na work to restore balance to the body to reduce pain and support healing.

Acupuncture, when done correctly, is not painful. The needles are
extremely fine, most of them are as thin as a hair. When the “chi”
feeling is achieved, the patient may feel a numbness, heaviness or
aching, but not pain. Most people find acupuncture painless and 
profoundly relaxing.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health issues including pain, infertility, digestive disorders, headaches, insomnia and anxiety or depression. The World Health Organization lists more than 40
conditions for which acupuncture may be used. They include: Pain,
musculo-skeletal problems, infertility, digestive disorders,
ear-nose-throat problems, gynecological problems, neurological problems
and respiratory problems.

Amanda is licensed by the NCCAOM in Acupucnture and Chinese Herbology.  She maintains a practice in Wilson, Wyoming.