What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
If you’re considering natural treatments for issues or ailments such as pain relief, anxiety relief, or other issues, then you may have discovered that the broad field of acupuncture has numerous studies, techniques, and treatments, all existing under different names like acupuncture, functional medicine, and traditional chinese medicine. Although these things are sometimes used interchangeably by casual observers, each of these terms refers to separate concepts. This can be confusing if you’re a first time acupuncture patient which may make it difficult to understand which treatment you’re looking for and locate a person who specializes in that treatment. Let’s quickly detail each idea and what it generally refers to:
Acupuncture and Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is a therapy in a which a skilled professional uses specially made stainless steel needles to stimulate acupoints throughout your body. By doing this, energy can flow more freely through these important areas which can bring a variety of health benefits include increased energy, decreased anxiety, better function of organs, and numerous other benefits. Keep in mind that each acupuncture treatment is unique to the patient, and is based on their specific needs, and what they’re trying to accomplish by receiving acupuncture treatment. Dr. Roland Ryf is one of the most experienced and skilled practitioners of acupuncture in the Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, and greater Los Angeles areas.
While acupuncture refers to a very specific technique for naturally treating ailments, functional medicine refers to a general approach to treating ailments. Functional medicine focuses on imbalances that result from your personal lifestyle. Functional medicine seeks to achieve an ideal chemical balance, drawing knowledge from other areas of medicine to form a natural approach to the prevention of diseases and other ailments. Functional medicine seeks to make you feel better by addressing the cause of what ails you, not just masking its effects. Therefore, you feel better because you are better.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
When a person is discussing traditional chinese medicine, they’re generally referring to a broad concept of natural treatments including acupuncture, acupressure, herbal treatments, diet, moxibustion, and massage. Even though traditional chinese medicine appears to include techniques and treatments similar to functional medicine, including acupuncture, they are separate and unique, with functional medicine rooted in many modern medical concepts not present in traditional chinese medicine.
Contact Natural Healthcare Center For More Information
If you’re exploring concepts such as acupuncture, functional medicine, or traditional chinese medicine, then you’re likely considering natural therapies and treatments. The Natural Healthcare Center in Thousand Oaks is headed by Dr. Roland Ryf, who has over 30 years of experience in acupuncture, traditional chinese medicine, and functional medicine, and has studied in China, Japan, Australia, and the United States. Dr. Ryf is your best resource in Ventura County for each of these treatments and therapies. Please contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation.