Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM, is a holistic, natural style of medicine that has been used for over 5,000 years.
Using various modalities, TCM offers a drug and surgery-free method of healing that can be used alone or in combination with modern western medicine.
TCM focuses on natural healing and prides itself on generating little to no side effects to the body when treating disease, unlike modern drug treatments where cures come with lists of side effects.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of stimulating the body to heal itself by inserting single use, disposable, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body.
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recognize Acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of medical problems.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by adjusting the flow of Qi in the meridian system to stimulate the body to heal itself. By inserting hair-fine, sterile needles at specific points along the meridian, the flow of Qi is restored or enhanced. This allows the Qi to circulate and provide healing and nourishment to the organs, muscles, tissues and cells in the body.
What is Qi?
Pronounced “chee,” Qi is the Life Energy that flows throughout the body. Qi is found in all living things and serves as a driving force. It also protects the body from injury and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
How does Qi move through the body?
Qi flows through the body in specific pathways called Meridians. There are 14 main meridians in the body. Each of these meridians connects to a different organ or gland in the body.
How do meridians affect the health of a person?
Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where the river flows it transports life-sustaining water (Qi). Health problems arise when the flow of the meridian is obstructed, much like damming a river. Once the flow of Qi in the meridian is restricted, it can lead to poor health in the organ system that is fed by that particular meridian.
What causes Qi flow to be restricted in the meridians?
Qi flow can be obstructed by many things: physical or emotional trauma, lack of exercise, poor diet, stress, seasonal and weather changes, among others.
Much like the immune system can fight off a cold virus, the body normally regulates the flow of Qi through meridians in order to heal itself. If the imbalance in the flow of Qi is prolonged, it may result in pain, illness or disease.
What is Tui Na?
Chinese massage is known as Tui Na (pronounced twee naw). It is a therapeutic style of massage that is used to rectify imbalances of Qi flow in the meridians, tissues or organs. Much like Acupuncture, various hand techniques are utilized to adjust the Qi flow, allowing the body to self-heal. Tui Na methods range from the acupressure style of treatment to the joint manipulation method used in modern chiropractic treatments.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is the therapeutic approach of placing specially-made small cups on the skin to treat the restricted flow of Qi or blood in the body. A vacuum is created inside each of the glass cups when it is placed against the skin. The suction created in the immediate area covered by the cup stimulates the body to self-heal by increasing the flow of Qi to the affected area. Cupping can be used alone or in combination with Acupuncture.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion treats and prevents disease by applying heat to specific Acupuncture points on the body. This type of thermal care uses a species of chrysanthemum in the form of a cone or a stick. These cones or sticks are set to smolder and used to heat specific points on the body. By warming up certain acupuncture points, the flow of Qi in the body can be regulated and disease treated.
What is Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is the practice of using herbs in place of modern drugs to treat disease. Several herbs will be combined in a formula designed to balance the Qi in the body and stimulate the body to fight various diseases. Chinese herbal medicine can be found in various forms, from pills and powders to salves and tinctures. The benefit of choosing Chinese herbal medicine over modern drugs is that when properly prescribed, there are little to no side effects from herbal treatments.