A lot of people, when they first meet me, say, “Oh, you’re that acupuncture guy!” And I guess I can’t blame them, considering our clinic’s name is Free Spirit Acupuncture and Wellness.
But that’s not all we do. Not by a long shot.
At Free Spirit, we believe in a personalized, balanced, and holistic approach to health. We help you achieve this through the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The practice of TCM is rooted in Taoism and goes back thousands of years — more than 2,500, to be exact. It incorporates things like herbal medicines, acupuncture, massage, cupping, hot stone therapy, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi to promote overall health and wellness.
TCM is founded on the basic principles that:
- Every part of your body is connected and works as one entity.
- You are deeply and intimately connected to nature and the universe as a whole
- There is a vital energy that runs through all of us and helps us function and be healthy.
- Your body has the ability to heal itself.
- Prevention is the best medicine.
Following these tenets, we harness the power of acupuncture, Qi Gong, herbs, and nutritional counseling to help your body kickstart its natural abilities to repair and heal itself. Not only is this a more natural approach to health and wellness, but you don’t have to worry about all those nasty side effects you hear about on TV with those other pharmaceutical or medical treatments.
At Free Spirit, we tend to focus on three main areas of TCM: acupuncture, Qi Gong, and herbal medicine.
Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. Doing so encourages the flow of energy (Qi, or Chi) through the body, allowing it to find equilibrium and to achieve balance. Afraid of needles? Don’t worry. Acupuncture needles are very thin, and insertion usually causes little discomfort. Honestly, you might not even notice them.
Qi Gong (Chi Kung)
Qi Gong is an ancient, holistic healing art that focuses on breathing, posture, meditation, movement, and intent or will (Yi) to prevent and heal disease, reduce stress, and improve health, physical, and mental performance. Those who practice Qi Gong daily tend to heal more quickly and stay healthy longer, harmonizing the mind, body, and spirit.
Primarily utilizing plants, combined into formulas and served as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders, herbal medicine treats and prevents health issues by boosting the body’s natural ability to repair and heal itself.
Stop in today and I’ll be glad to talk to you more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and how it can benefit you. Just ask for Shawn.