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Melissa Morone Sommer Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture, TCM, & ICM


Acupuncture is the most widely known treatment modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of medicine that represents an extensive and ongoing clinical trial conducted on billions of subjects over 3,000 years. Integrative Chinese Medicine (ICM) is used to represent TCM and additional modern adjunct modalities. 


ICM is an holistic approach recognizing that for every physiological state there is a corresponding psychological state. Treatment addresses both body and mind and provides a synergistic effect improving health and overall well-being, helping to bring the whole body to an improved state of balance. Thorough evaluation and assessment allow the ICM practitioner to distinguish subtle changes and anomalies often predicting problems that may not yet be identifiable by Western diagnostic tests. ICM is an effective form of preventative and therapeutic medicine.


A wide range of therapies and techniques are used by acupuncturists to stimulate the body’s intrinsic healing response. The full range of therapies include, but is not limited to, acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, tui na manual therapy, electro-stimulation, laser stimulation, herbal medicine, dietary counseling, supplements, tai chi exercises, qi gong therapy, lifestyle modification, and cognitive reframing. Learn more about adjunct therapies.

Melissa Morone Sommer


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