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Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the formal term for the combined therapies of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Moxibustion, Cupping,Tuina and other healing modalities. TCM theory achieves good health by balancing energies in the body using these several methods. The theory has evolved over thousands of years and is safe and highly effective. TCM uses a "holistic" approach, meaning it treats any individual problem by treating the whole body at the same time. A patient can expect TCM to provide benefits for virtually any illness, and many people choose a TCM practitioner as their primary healthcare provider. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) today is a comprehensive system based on thousands of years of cross-cultural knowledge of the human body and mind.  It is accepted around the globe as a safe, effective and holistic complement or alternative to contemporary western medicine.

 



Acupuncture


Acupuncture is a practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is performed by inserting fine needles into carefully selected points along the body which correspond directly to the energy meridians. It is one of the most effective ways to unlbock energy flow and restore the body to a state of balanced "Qi."
 Acupuncture can be very effective in reducing or eliminating pain, but is also instrumental in treating internal medicine issues as well. A common misconception about acupuncture is that there are specific acupuncture points that cure specific diseases. In fact, the treatments and needling points are custom tailored for the individual. It is more accurate to say that there are specific acupuncture points which cure specific imbalances. Two patients with the same illness or symptom may have totally different imbalances and therefore totally different acupuncture treatments.

When the needle is correctly inserted in the proper location, your body's energy will actually "grab" the needle and the needle will stand firm. Sometimes the patient will feel very little, sometimes he/she will feel a dull sensation, and sometimes the patient will literally feel an energetic sensation flow briefly through the meridian as a blockage is relieved. In fact, your ability to "sense" the acupuncture working may astonish you the first time.


Moxibustion and Cupping

Moxibustion and Cupping are safe and effective methods of therapy for a wide range of diseases.




     Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine. therapy utilizing moxa, or mugwort herb. It plays an important role in the TCM systems. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a stick that resembles a (non-smokable)cigar. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or sometimes burn it on a patient's skin.

       Cupping is another type of treatment. This is a method of stimulating acupuncture points by applying suction through a metal, wood or glass jar, in which a partial vacuum has been created. This technique produces blood congestion at the site, and therefore stimulates it. Cupping is used for low backache, sprains, soft tissue injuries, and helping relieve fluid from the lungs in chronic bronchitis.


 

 Chinese Herbs

 


Chinese Herb are sometimes not as well known as the practice of acupuncture. Nonetheless, the herbs are actually just as important to your TCM therapy as your acupuncture treatment. Chinese Herbs are based on the same theories as acupuncture and allow your therapy to continue when you are away from the clinic. Herbal medicine is a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for over 3000 years in China and worldwide. Before pharmaceuticals (and even the use of acupuncture needles) herbal remedies were used to heal and balance the human body.  Chinese herbs have shown their effectiveness under the scrutiny of both empirical study and modern clinical trials. These herbs can be used to augment the treatment of a particular imbalance, working together or sometimes in place of acupuncture and other medicines. Unlike most pharmaceuticals, herbal prescriptions in Chinese Medicine are tailor-made for the individual.


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 Tuina (The Meridians Massage)

    Tuina is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself. 


    
 Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft   tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods. 
    Tuina has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles. The main schools in China include the rolling method school which emphasizes soft tissue techniques and specializes in joint injuries and muscle sprains, the one finger pushing method school which emphasizes techniques for acupressure and the treatment of internal diseases, and Nei Gung method school which emphasizes the use of Nei Gong Qi energy generation exercises and specific massage methods for revitalizing depleted energy systems, and the bone setting method school which emphasizes manipulation methods to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships and specializes in joint injuries and nerve pain.


 


 

 

 

 

 

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