There are several therapeutic techniques used in TCM that are intended to help patients restore and maintain their health. They are described below, beginning with acupuncture — the most often practiced component of TCM and accordingly the most widely known.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles through the skin at strategic points on your body. A practitioner may gently move the needles after placement, or in some cases, apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles for further stimulation.

In TCM, there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that are connected by 12 meridians. These meridians are believed to be the pathways of the body’s vital energy force that flows between the surface of the body and its internal organs.

Acupuncture is typically not considered a stand-alone treatment and is often accompanied by other TCM methods. Individually and in combination, these methods are meant to rebalance the body’s vital energy flow to reduce chronic pain and improve health.

Moxibustion is a heat therapy that involves burning moxa (or mugwort root, a spongy herb) to facilitate healing.

Tui Na Massage is a combination of massage, acupressure, and other forms of body manipulation.