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FAQ: Chinese Medicine

What is Chinese medicine?
Chinese medicine is one of the oldest systems of health care in the world, dating back around 4,000 years.  It encompasses acupuncture, moxibustion (the burning of mugwort near acupuncture points), herbal medicine, diet therapy, massage techniques, and qigong (energy cultivation/exercise).  In Maine, a person licensed to practice Chinese medicine is called a "Licensed Acupuncturist" (L.Ac),  a title which tends to obscure the other branches of the medicine.  While other health care providers sometimes offer "acupuncture" as a modality among a suite of treatments, only an L.Ac. is trained extensively in all the aspects of Chinese medical theory that inform acupuncture as part of a comprehensive system of internal medicine.

What can Chinese medicine treat?
Chinese medicine is a comprehensive holistic health care system that can treat a wide variety of conditions on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, chronic and acute pain, arthritis, headaches, colds and flu, asthma, allergies (click here and skip to page 17 for a brief article), insomnia, PMS, infertility, menopausal symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome, and dozens more.  It is also an excellent way of keeping the body's energy in balance so that imbalances, and subsequent problems, do not arise.


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