What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the key treatment techniques of the holistic and ancient medical practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
With over 5,000 years of knowledge, experience and wisdom, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the primary, and trusted, medical disciplines in China and other parts of East Asia.
Believing that the mind, body and spirit are intrinsically linked to health, the practice of traditional Chinese medicine treats the person as a whole. Before starting treatment of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine, factors such as diet, lifestyle, environment and emotional wellbeing are taken into account alongside physical symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on prevention as much as treating the root of the problem, and all of the treatment methods, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, are completely natural.
In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, other techniques growing in popularity in the West include: Tui na (massage), cupping (suction cups) and moxibustion (burning herbs).
Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other methods are used to successfully treat a whole range of conditions including: injuries, aches and pains, stress, depression, hormonal imbalances, infertility, and many many more.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine works
The philosophy behind the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is that an abundance of energy, or qi (pronounced chee), flows freely around the body along invisible pathways known as meridians. These meridians connect all parts of the body and regulate the energy to keep the body in harmony.
It is when the body’s energy, qi, becomes blocked or depleted the body’s natural balance is disturbed; the body is not able to function to its full capacity and illness or disease can follow.
Traditional Chinese Medicine works by finding imbalances to identify the root cause of health problems. Treatments such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work by rebalancing the body’s energy systems, in order for the body to heal itself. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and other methods of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine, help to unblock your qi and bring your body flowing back into harmony and wellness.