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What is Classical Chinese Medicine?

Posted by admin on Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

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Classical Chinese Medicine takes into account the whole system of the body.

 It looks at the body like a tree and instead of treating a branch of the tree (a symptom) Classical Chinese Medicine goes to the cause- to treat the root of the problem. 

NIHA's Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner explains:


Classical Chinese Medicine uses subtle manipulation of acupuncture points through acupuncture or accupressure where there is blockage of chi, or energy. Chinese medicine can move the blockage so energy may flow more freely.

There are many reasons that energy may be blocked:

  • environmental factors
  • trauma
  • infection
  • recalcitrant or chronic disease

All may be helped with acupuncture, dietary modifications. Chinese herbs and learning new ways to modify behavior and meld harmoniously with your environment.

The goal of Classical Chinese Medicine is to find out what is behind the specific set of symptoms you are experiencing, and treat the source.


Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc is a practitioner at National Integrative Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and biological dental center serving the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia metro area.

Topics: chinese medicine, acupuncture