This style of acupuncture, together with Chinese herbs, comprises Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Practitioners of TCM analyze symptoms and develop treatments based on eight principles: cold/heat, interior/exterior, excesses/deficiencies, and yin/yang (the concept of two opposing, yet complimentary forces). TCM also incorporates the theory of Five Elements – fire, earth, metal, water and wood – to explain necessary balance in the body. Each of these elements corresponds to particular organs & tissues, colors, emotions, time-of-day, flavors and seasons, and highlights the dynamic relationships between them.
A diagnosis is made and a course of treatment is developed based on findings acquired through extensive questioning & observation, pulse evaluation, and examination of the tongue. Herbs, nutrition, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha and cupping may be incorporated into a Chinese acupuncture treatment, as needed, based on the acupuncture diagnosis.
Chinese acupuncture is the most widely known style in the west and taught