Traditional Chinese Medicine


For over 5,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has evolved into a series of complex methods of diagnosis and treatment tailored to the individual's subtle patterns of disharmony. TCM practices include herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, food therapy and QiGong exercise.

Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of TCM. It is based on a concept of balanced qi (pronounced "chee") or vital energy, that flows throughout the body. Qi regulates a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balances and is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang. Diseases can result from the imbalance of yin and yang and blockage of qi flow along pathways known as meridians. Acupuncture promotes a "balanced state" by altering the flow of qi through these meridians by manipulations on 2,000 acupuncture points.

TCM Herbal/Nutrition/Food Therapy

In China, herbs, which are more like foods than drugs, can supplement our diet and fortify our constitution as well as prevent or cure ailments. Chinese herbs treat the root cause of the underlying condition as defined by traditional diagnosis and have few side effects when prescribed by qualified practitioners.

Herbal formulas are available in a variety of forms: raw herbs to be boiled into tea, bottled liquid extracts, ground herbs packaged in pills and powders.

Most of our health problems are related to imbalances in our diets. Treating illnesses and maintaining health through food therapy is central to the philosophy and practice of Chinese medicine. Food and nutritional recommendations are always given by qualified TCM practitioners.

TCM Tuina/Acupressure/Therapeutic Massage

Tuina (meaning push and pull) in China. Tuina manipulates the energy in the body by kneading the points along the Chi meridians. Acupressure is one of the technique of Tuina, which relies on
fingers to stimulate acupoints. The therapeutic
effects of Tuina often last for days or up to a week.

Cupping is the use of glass cups that form a suction on the skin to promote and stimulate blood flow to certain parts of the body. Cupping is usually used in junction with massage or acupuncture when needed.

Moxibustion (Moxa) is the use of a burning compressed herbal stick to provide thermal stimulation to specific points and meridians or over certain surface areas of the skin. Moxa is usually used in junction with acupuncture when needed.

Conditions that acupuncture can treat

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions:

Neurological and Muscular-skeletal Disorders
Headaches, Migraines, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulders, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Facial tics, Bellís Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Dizziness, Numbness, Muscle Spasms, Post Stroke Rehabilitation, Incontinence, Bed Wetting in children, etc.

Women's Health
Dysmenorrhea (Painful period), Irregular Menstrual Cycles, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Menopause, Postpartum Depression, Infertility, Loss of Libido, etc.

Seasonal Conditions
Allergies, Common Cold, Asthma, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, etc.

Gastrointestinal Disorders
Acid reflux (Heartburn), Hiccup, Celiac disease (Bloating, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain), Constipation, Diarrhea, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's disease, colitis), Nausea, Vomiting, etc.

Mental Health
Stress, Anxiety, Depression (Bipolar), Sleep Disturbances (Insomnia), Chronic Fatigue, Emotional problems, Addiction (Alcoholism, Smoking, Drug Abuse), etc.

Men's Health
Impotence, Prostatitis, Infertility, etc.

Skin Conditions
Acne, skin rashes, Psoriasis, etc.

What does acupuncture feel like and is it safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they are labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

Acupuncture needles are very thin. They are approximately the diameter of a human hair. Many patients do not even feel the needles being inserted and in almost all cases, insertion is a pain free experience. Once inserted, the patient will feel a heavy, dull, tingling, warming or electric sensation either around the needles or traveling up or down the affected energy pathways or meridians. Most people are energized by the treatment, while others feel more relaxed.

Acupuncture & Smoking Cessation

There are more than 25 diseases are associated with tobacco use, including cancer of the lungs, bladder, mouth, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, uterus, and cervix. Smoking also raises the chances of developing emphysema and increases the risk of having a stroke by 30%.

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating SMOKING CESSATION.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy can provide safe, natural and effective way to quit smoking. In addition, it will help decrease various withdrawal symptoms occur and increase detoxification. 

Some of the withdrawal symptoms are irritability, anxiety, decreased threshold for stress, emotional Outbursts. increased food cravings, constipation or diarrhea, insomnia, decreased energy, palpitations, night sweats, digestive discomfort, muscle tightness and dryness.

It is recommended that you come for acupuncture 2 or 3 times during the first two weeks you stop smoking. After that, an additional follow up treatment to consolidate the effects is usually necessary. If life stressors or complicating circumstances are in play, then additional treatments may be necessary to preserve the positive results.

There are few tips to guide you through your acupuncture treatment:

  • Drink plenty of water during the process.

  • Eat balanced, healthy meals with a variety of vegetables and fruits.

  • Avoid spending time with other smokers.

For more information, please call 270-761-7899



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218 South 12th Street ~ Murray, KY  42071
(270) 761-7899

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