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.