The concepts we use at Healthcare Harmonics are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This is an ancient healing system based on the concept of balance and illness prevention. It is our attempt to present these concepts in a way that is easy to understand for an American audience. We also give credit to our teachers, and the deep cultural tradition that informs what we do.

We provide this information for those seeking to expand their knowledge. Below are listed several references for anyone wishing to learn more. However, we also urge caution. While seemingly simple, these concepts take years to effectively put into practice. It is not enough, for example, to understand you have spleen qi deficiency. You also need to identify what was both the cause and effect of that condition, and how it is affecting other organ systems.

We believe the best course is to consult a professional before self-treating.

The Web That Has No Weaver
Between Heaven And Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
The Yellow Emperor's Classic
The Spark In The Machine
The Body Electric
Mastering Miracles: The Healing Art Of Qi Gong As Taught By A Master
The Tao Of Nutrition
Healing With Whole Foods
The New Chinese Medicine Handbook (by Misha Ruth Cohen)
Classical Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan

Most professionals practicing Chinese Medicine have completed an acupuncture training program. In the US, acupuncture licensing requirements are regulated at the state level. Each state sets it's own requirements for licensure.

Some states require a minimum two-year education in acupuncture for licensure. Other states require a four-year program of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and other modalities such as tai chi and tui-na. There are also professionals licensed in herbal medicine only.

The organizations listed here are responsible for the accreditation of professionals and acupuncture programs in the United States

Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Different schools of acupuncture teach different systems that use alternate theories of treatment. Regardless of the system or theory utilized, all of these take advantage of the energetic anatomy of the meridian system and use specific points along those meridians to adjust the energy flow, causing relief of symptoms.

Treatments can occur at the site of discomfort, or distally. There is a logical reason why a provider will choose one point over another. Acupuncture is extremely effective, and is commonly used to treat pain, hormonal imbalances, and nervous system disorders.

Chinese herbal medicine uses a complex blend of specific substances, chosen for their direct chemical action in the body. It was developed to fight pathogens, kill microorganisms and strengthen body systems. Chinese herbs also offer pain management, dermatology uses, and can be taken symptomatically or long term to ensure good health.