If you are looking for a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) near Potomac MD, you’ll be glad to learn about Healthpointe Acupuncture Clinic and Lisa Marie Price, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., located in nearby Rockville.
Acupuncturist and Practitioner of TCM
With a Master’s degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute and certified with NCCAOM, the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, List Marie has been in practice for 20 years. Trained in the Japanese-style Oriental Medicine and Shiatsu at the Ohashi Institute, she also employs Chinese herbology, Qi Gong and dietary therapy with acupuncture techniques.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
TCM has its roots in Taoism and can be traced back to over 500 years before the birth of Christ, and includes several different practices or therapies. These are:
- Acupuncture – using special needles applied to specific points on the body
- Moxibustion – heat acupuncture points by burning an herb above the skin
- Chinese herbal medicine
- Dietary therapy
- Tai Chi
- Qi Gong – combines mental focus, postures or moves with coordinated breathing
- Tui Na – Chinese therapeutic massage
Throughout the Far East and South Asia, traditional medicine systems exist; some obviously influenced by TCM.
Philosophy of TCM
In contrast to the West where medicine deals with disease and illness, TCM believes one achieves health and wellbeing by cultivating harmony in our lives. Also prominent in TCM is “vital energy” or “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), as well as the belief in the harmony of the forces and elements that make up existence, aka “yin and yang”.
In TCM health, sustainability and wellbeing come from harmony, while disharmony brings disease, illness and collapse.
Is Oriental Medicine the Same as TCM?
Being the official medicine practiced in China, TCM is just one of several systems of medicine in the classification of “Oriental Medicine”. Also included in under the heading of Oriental Medicine are all of those medical applications, theories and practices found in Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Japan, as well as China, with TCM being the most familiar and with the most documented research.
Since the beginning, Traditional Chinese Medicine has continued to evolve, becoming more refined and a more balance system of medical care, both influencing and being influenced by other systems and cultures.
Rest assured that when you come to Healthpointe Acupuncture Clinic, you will be getting more than just stuck with a few needles, you will receive the very best of treatments available in Oriental medicine.