Dawna Ara, L.Ac.

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What Is Chinese Medicine and What Can It Do for Me?

Chinese Medicine is an ancient health system aimed at bringing the entire body into balance. It is an intricate system that includes the use of acupuncture, herbs, and dietary therapies. Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body.

Disease in Chinese Medicine is said to take place as soon as Qi or Life force gets “stuck” or “stagnates” in the body. A skilled acupuncturist carefully chooses points that will help move the qi in its proper direction and allow it flow freely.

Here are some of diseases that the World Health Organization says acupuncture is suitable for:

Digestive Problems

IBS, ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, constipation, diarrhea, bacillary dysentery, hiccups, ulcers, colic

Women’s Health

Menstrual irregularities, painful cramps, menopause, infertility, morning sickness, induction of childbirth & correction of the malposition of fetus

Pain Management

Migraine headache, chronic fatigue, injury, back and neck pain, arthritis, sciatica, nerve pain, facial neuralgia, knee pain, shoulder pain

Mental Health

Depression, emotional problems, stress management, anxiety

Addiction

Cigarette smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse

Respiratory Problems

Allergies, colds, flu, asthma

Endocrine Disorders

Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, weight changes

Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation

Nausea, vomiting

Others

Hypertension, hypotension, stroke

About Dawna Ara
Dawna is an acupuncturist, herbalist, functional medicine practitioner, a mom, wife, writer, nature lover, chef and whole foods advocate. She teaches how to live a healthy lifestyle through her website Eat Play Work Sleep.