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Integrative Medicine


Acupuncture is one type of treatment within the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on the concept of Qi (chee) which is best translated as "vital energy" or "life force." It is believed that Qi runs through all living things in the universe and that blockage or imbalance of its flow causes illness. Qi flows in channels, referred to as meridians, to all parts of the body to nourish, support, protect and bring health and healing.

Part of an acupuncture treatment includes a detailed history. You will be asked questions about your health as well as your preferences for tastes, colors, and seasons. The acupuncturist will also carefully examine your pulse, tongue, and appearance to help in the diagnosis of your balance or imbalance of Qi.

In traditional Chinese medicine, imbalances in Qi are often treated with acupuncture. Very fine needles are inserted into a variety of points along the body's meridians. An imbalance in Qi is restored as the needles release, unblock or rebalance the disturbed energy patterns. Many people find this procedure relaxing.

Ralph Thieme, D.O. is an osteopathic physician who is trained in traditional and medical acupuncture. Dr. Thieme will spend an hour with you during your first acupuncture treatment and will follow up with 30-minute sessions as needed. Please call the Falmouth Family Practice Center at (207) 781-1500 to schedule an appointment.


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