What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
TCM has been developed and practised for more than 4,000 years and is a complete medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body, working in harmony with your body’s natural healing ability. The emphasis is on treating the whole person and seeking the root cause of illness.
Most people associate acupuncture and Chinese herbs with TCM but they are just two of the major treatments within a comprehensive medical system.
Qi (chee) is the true foundation of TCM and is considered to be the energy that gives us the ability to move, think, feel and work. Qi circulates along a system of invisible pathways known as meridians and acupuncture is used to stimulate the meridians in order to bring your Qi back into balance.
The theory of Yin and Yang is also an important part of the understanding of TCM. Yin and Yang are two complementary energies, opposites, in constant motion. They create a fluctuating balance in the healthy body and the aim is to allow the two to balance each other, existing harmoniously together.
According to Chinese tradition, to enable the body to function as a whole the opposing forces of Yin and Yang need to be balanced together with the Q1, blood flow, skeletal structure, muscles, tendons, skin and body fluids.
What treatments are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterilised needles (disposable and never re-used) into the surface of the skin at particular points along the meridians or channels of the body, these connect the internal organs to unblock any Qi energy stagnation, the needles are left for around 20 or 30 minutes. It is virtually painless and can relieve many conditions of the internal organs as well as painful conditions of the joints and muscles and also mental and emotional problems.
Other conditions which benefit from Acupuncture treatments are: Weight loss, stopping smoking, reducing and stopping drinking, reducing stress and anxiety, hay fever, depression, menopause, migraine, tinnitus, back pain, infertility, PMT, men’s problems.
Cupping involves small warmed jars placed on the skin surface, promoting the free flow of blood to the area and so encouraging detoxification. A flame is introduced into special glass cups, so removing the oxygen present. The cup is then quickly applied to the body and a partial vacuum is formed. As a result, the skin is sucked up and rises within the cup as blood rushes in to promote localised healing. Also, the Qi energy is warmed and starts to flow freely down the meridians. The skin turns red, as if bruised (this disappears over a few days), and the level of toxins present is indicated by the depth of the red colour. Cupping is good for many conditions, can improve circulation and ease muscular-skeletal pain.
Chinese medical massage, ‘Tui Na’, (sometimes called Acupressure), involves pressure from the fingers and palm to stimulate the body’s vital energy ‘Qi’ and to regain balance in the functioning of the body. It is especially effective in treating back, neck and joint pains, headache and sports injuries.
Ear candles are cones made from fabric, wax and beeswax, and are used to revitalise the acupuncture points, stimulate blood circulation and un-clog pores. Ear candles are safe, natural and a non-invasive method of resolving many problems connected with the ears.
Moxibustion is the application of mild heat to the body at specific points using Moxa wool (the herb Folium Artemisa). Moxibustion is used to relieve acute pain in a specific part of the body and is completely painless.
Reflexology is the practice of massaging, squeezing or pushing on parts of the feet in order to have a beneficial effect on other related parts of the body, and to improve general health by stimulating the Qi (vital energy).
Our doctor of Chinese Medicine is Dr Wen.