Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that can be used alone or in conjunction with other medical systems.  It has been developed out of a long history and is evolving with new research and modern medical experience.  

There are five main modalities that are used in TCM, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Herbal Massage (Tui Na), Chinese Dietary therapy and Moxibustion.  When these modalities are integrated you will receive an individualized treatment catered for your needs, with a treatment strategy that is based on your condition, chronicity and constitution.  

 

TCM is based on the theory that when there is a blockage in the body, disease can form.  With this holistic approach in mind our primary goal is to simultaneously promote well-being and alleviate the main complaint to help with your healing.

What is Constitution?

With TCM, the same western disease can manifest differently for each person and is dependent on factors that have effected your well-being right from conception.  Even the health and well-being of your parents at the time of your conception effect your constitution.

 

With this in mind your constitution may mean that you rarely catch a 'cold' and even if you do it is mild, while somebody else catches a 'cold' easily and suffers from this for quite some time.

 

Why is this?  Your constitution is influenced by the way we treat our body on a daily basis and through considerations of a patients constitution disease can be predicted and prevented. This is why you do not have to be sick to receive Acupuncture.

 

Therefore from a Chinese Medical perspective each patient is treated individually and treatments can vary often for the same disease.  

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles at key points on the body, manipulating Qi through a network of meridians or channels.  These acupuncture points elicit a certain quality of Qi and their own therapeutic action to rebalance the bodies disharmonies according to the patient’s individual pattern. 

 

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that has been used to keep people healthy for over 2000 years.  Recent biomedical research suggests that acupuncture effects the fascial network (messenger system) to influence brain chemistry and trigger internal responses like regulating hormones such as cortisol, releasing pain reducing endorphins, increasing circulation, reducing inflammation and much more.  Primarily acupuncture can benefit fertility, pregnancy ailments, management of pain, sleep, digestion, reducing inflammation and more.

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