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Acupuncture is Chinese Medicine or often called Eastern Medicine, (versus Western Medicine which is the standard type of medicine used in the U.S.). Acupuncture is also referred to as Traditional Chinese Medicine or “TCM”. The reason to incorporate TCM is that it helps control pain and encourage the body to heal itself, rather than using medicines that have side effects and many types of surgery that can be very invasive and pain related. Many people think that Acupuncture is only a way to control pain however, properly used, Acupuncture is also a healing modality. There are over 360 acupuncture points that can be accessed on most every animal, however different points do different things. That is why it is very important that a doctor trained and certified in Acupuncture Medicine be employed to perform treatment. One needs to know not only where Acupuncture points are located on the body but also how they work together to achieve maximum healing benefit. Just treating certain points without knowing how to balance the patient’s metabolic system will at best give only temporary pain control and comfort. In order to achieve the desired effect of healing, the patient’s metabolic system must be balanced.

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