Welcome to the Light Family Acupuncture clinic in Austin, Texas! We’ve been dedicated to nurturing family health with acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine and Asian bodywork in Austin since 2003.
Light Family Acupuncture in Austin, Texas, focuses on treating the entire family, from children to adults, from allergies and ailments, to preconception through pregnancy and parenthood, and everything in between, using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
TCM focuses on holistic health for the whole family–treating both the root and symptoms of disease and has been successful in resolving and preventing illness for over 2500 years.
Traditional Chinese Medicine consists of five branches: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, Asian bodywork, and movement/exercise. At Light Family Acupuncture, we are here for you, whatever stage of life or circumstance! Consult our faq page for answers to your most frequently asked questions, from acupuncture and treatment to pregnancy to payments and insurance.
Contact us to learn more about our services, our practice, or the herbs we have available at the clinic! You can call us at (512) 775-4057 to ask questions, schedule a consultation or update your appointment, or go online to schedule your appointment directly. We look forward to seeing you at the clinic!
by Light Family Acupuncture
May 16, 2013
In the United States, acupuncture is far better known than Chinese herbal medicine. However in China, herbs are often the first line of treatment, even before using acupuncture.
There are hundreds of chinese herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The herbs range from the familiar; ginger, licorice and peppermint to the more exotic; frankincense, peony and angelica. There are even some animal and mineral products used in Chinese herbal medicine such as gelatin or oyster shell, but most are vegetarian. All of these herbs have energetic properties. This means that the herbs can be described in such terms as “warming, “cooling,” “drying,” or “moistening.” Herbs can also affect energetic systems in the body such as calming the liver or boosting qi and blood. Just like with acupuncture, we are always seeking to balance yin and yang and create harmony in the body when using herbal medicine.
These single herbs are then combined into traditional formulas, some of which date back over 2,000 years. These classical herbal formulas each treat specific conditions. These are safe, effective formulas that have stood the test of time, and can be easily prescribed by a qualified TCM practitioner. However, because Chinese herbal medicine is personalized medicine, it is very common for practitioners to modify formulas to best fit their patients. At Light Family Acupuncture, we have two lines of herbs, Chi Mama and Chi Kids, designed to treat the modern mama and her whole family. We deliver our herbs in a convenient and tasty glycerin base to help make the medicine go down a little bit easier!
In the coming months on our blog we will explore common herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Stay tuned for more information on simple herbal recipes you can make at home, specific herbs used to treat common ailments, and more!