Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine meets Modern Science
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is the medical practice of treating pain and balancing the flow of energy or life force (qi) through meridians channels in the body by inserting extremely thin needles at strategic points, known as acupuncture points (acupoints). A Western understanding of acupuncture would hold that the needles are inserted at specific epidermal points that cause a cascade reaction that stimulates the nerves, muscles and connective tissue in a therapeutic manner.
At Acupuncture and Massage College, students learning acupuncture are taught to appreciate both views and are equipped to treat "traditionalist" patients who have an appreciation for the rich culture Traditional Chinese Medicine as well "modernist” patients who prefer to view the ancient art in a scientific, modern manner. Our students are encouraged to explore the diversity of the healing art of acupuncture as we foster development through mentoring and supervision.