All about Traditional Chinese Medicine
August 1, 2017
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of healthcare that has evolved in China over 3,000 years. TCM has its own profound framework and offers a range of unique therapies such as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
TCM regards and treats the body as a whole, existing in harmony with the universe and where all the different parts interconnect and become interactive. Its emphasis first of all is on health promotion and prevention, when one falls ill, the focus of the treatment is on the person suffering from the illness rather than the illness itself.
Acupuncture is a therapy where very fine needles are inserted into various points along the meridians to regulate the flow of vital energy and to restore any imbalance within the body. Modern studies have proven that Acupuncture is highly effective in treating a wide range of conditions and at the clinic only disposable needles are used.
Over time research and development has founded the theory of Meridians in the human body. Through this we understand humans have 14 main meridian channels plus many other small channels coming from these, each meridian connects to each organ inside the body. The meridian channels are very important for the human body as they are the connection between each organ.
Western medicine thinks that the nervous system is mainly meridian based but it also includes blood vessels, the lymphatic system and other known body regulating systems. Meridians include both structure of the human body and the structure of the integrated control system of unknown function.
The Acupuncture needles go into a certain point and can open the channel, unlock the blockage and then regulate and stimulate the organ function and finally help the body to go back to a balance and treat the condition ‘This is how acupuncture works’
Chinese Therapeutic Massage (Acupressure) is a therapy where finger and palm pressure is applied instead of a needle using a wide range of techniques to selected points. This can be either relaxing or stimulating helping the body to improve circulation and regain its yin-yang balance.
From extensive research, the conclusion of the workings of acupuncture is:
- Acupuncture plays a role in the adjustment of the nervous system with the effect being most rapid. Latest research has shown that in some conditions the neural impulses cannot get through the spinal cord and peripheral nerves properly causing some symptoms to appear.
- Acupuncture plays a role in adjusting the body mechanism allowing the slow movement of the body fluids to bring about a long lasting result on the body. Acupuncture can effect biomechanical and biochemical changes within the body to aid healing.
- Acupuncture can affect the biological, physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological aspects of wellbeing, which aid rehabilitation and healing both in the short term and through longer lasting effects.
- According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory Acupuncture is applied to the various human organ tissues treating the whole body as a unified concept.
- TCM believes that the internal organs are the control for the bodies various energy forces and these are known as Yin and Yang. The Meridian points on the surface of the body adjust the balance of the body’s organ function thus easing the pain system. Acupuncture is an ancient traditional technique; it is drug free and a natural remedy, which means that unlike prescription medicines there are no side effects. Now more and more people are turning to it and finding it very helpful.
Acupuncture therapy can treat and regulate the body for the following major diseases:
- To help balance the mediation function of the cardiovascular system with a two-way effect on blood pressure regulation such as heart disease and high blood pressure and is a good additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment and a therapy that helps reduce the risk of strokes.
- To treat respiratory diseases and improve the body’s immune system, such as cough, asthma, hay fever and other respiratory conditions .
- The regulation of the digestive system treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Thyroid, Acid reflux, Diabetes, Over Weight.
- Treatment of the urinary tract system: water retention, frequent urination, incontinence, also balancing the body’s hormone levels and the effects of aging such as Impotence, Prostate, PMS, Period Problems, Infertility, Menopause.
- Has a good effect on the function and feeling of the nervous system treating: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia, Panic Attacks, Meniere’s disease.
- Effective for Systemic or local pain disorders such as neck and shoulder pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, arthritis and sports injuries.
Dr Wen trained for 6 years at the Heilonyang University in China studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. After qualifying and gaining his degree he worked in the Universities teaching hospitals before coming to England 10 years ago. He then worked for a Chinese company as a doctor for 6 years and during this time he worked in London, York, Edinburgh and Manchester, where he gained valuable knowledge, experience and insight into working with British patients. He now works privately at a number of clinics across Manchester including at Physio & Therapies in Todmorden.
He is a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK .
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