Acupuncture in Chicago, IL

Maria Cristina Torres

Integral Alternative Medicine (IAM) is an alternative medical practice in the Chicago area founded by Cristina Torres. We offer Oriental/Eastern Medicine in 3 area offices in Chicago Loop, South Loop and Evanston. At IAM, we believe that you deserve personalized treatment and the opportunity to take control of your own health.

We offer a comprehensive range of services including the practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Asian Massage. These techniques have been around for over 3000 years and have been used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.

4 Tips for an Energizing, Joyful Summer

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is associated with one of the elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Perhaps unsurprisingly, summertime is associated with the element fire. Fire represents maximum activity. In nature, everything is at its peak growth during the summer, so TCM sees our energy as its most active and exuberant. Summer is the time of

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Healthy Eating from Early to Late Summer

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is all about balance. In this ancient system, the key to health is to move through the world in such a way that our bodies can remain in homeostasis, in balance. This idea connects to sleep patterns, what we eat and ultimately the flow of Qi, or energy, throughout the body. For that reason,

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Extraordinary Vessels – Chong Mai

Most acupuncture points are located on the 12 primary channels that flow along the surface of the body. However, there are eight Extraordinary Vessels that flow more deeply in the body and are perhaps even more powerful than the 12 primary channels. The Extraordinary Vessels regulate the 12 channels and are deep lakes of energy, which can feed the

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