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.

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 that 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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Extraordinary Vessels – Dai Mai

In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, there are also deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. You can understand the relationship between the primary acupuncture channels and the Extraordinary Vessels by thinking about what happens when it rains: first, small ditches become full – these

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4 Lifestyle Tweaks to Thrive this Spring

In traditional Chinese medical theory, one of the best ways to stay healthy is to live in balance with the seasons. Balance, in this context, means mindfully crafting your diet and certain aspects of your lifestyle based on what season it is.

An easy way to think about this is with fruits and vegetables: we are lucky these

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