Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

The whole concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based upon treating the well-being of the entire human body rather than trying to address a symptom. The human body is viewed as an organic whole and the relationship between nature and the human being is treated as an integrated unity. A holistic approach is the most distinguishing feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The three crucial elements for the human body to function properly are:

  1. The spine: Perceived as the root of the human body, the spinal cord and its nerves should be free from any undue pressure.
  2. The flow of qi: The qi should be smooth with no stagnation and should be neither deficient nor excessive. It should be balanced in the human body.
  3. The circulation of the blood: The circulation of the blood should be smooth and blood should be clear of pathogens and impurities.

If any one of the above conditions is disturbed our health starts failing. With poor health our immune systems are no longer enough to prevent or fight disease effectively.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine over 5000 years old. In its most simplified form it is the use of hair thin needles on certain pathways called meridians and specific points/acupuncture points in the body to maintain health, relieve pain, sickness or to encourage healing.

Acupressure
Thermal Acupressure Massager Table is a therapeutic massage bed capitalizing on the principles of oriental science including massage (tui na), acupressure (shiatsu), acupuncture, heat (moxibustion effect), far-infrared rays, jade and pyrogen bonded epoxy carbon.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Ancient Chinese physicians and temple priests studied nature over thousands of years and discovered how to interact with it. Chinese herbs are complementary to acupuncture, and are prescribed based on the diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors. Herbs are the medicinal components in holistic healing. Chinese herbs are specifically used to create decoctions, teas, capsules or tablets and are a very powerful part of healing process.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the traditional Chinese medicine technique of the burning of moxa (Mugwort), a herb that is often rolled into a cigar shape. It is used to warm selected points and is often a supplement to acupuncture. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

Cupping

Cupping has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. It is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient’s skin. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping involves placing glass or plastic cups on the skin with a vacuum. In TCM terms, cupping relieves stagnation. The bruises resulting from cupping are not painful and only last a few days. Patients with the following diseases and disorders can benefit from cupping:

  • digestive disorders
  • gynaecological disorders
  • common cold
  • bronchitis
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • back neck
  • pain and many more.
 
Tui Na

Tui Na is an amazing massage. It invigorates blood, increases circulation, relieves pain, soothes stress and eases tense and tight muscles. It is a hands on body treatment using a manipulation technique involving holding and pressing the body at acupressure points to directly affect the flow of energy. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbs, and qigong.

 
Contradictions & Precautions

Acupuncture is a safe form of medicine and will have no side effects if performed by a qualified practitioner. However, guidelines and precautions for certain conditions will be followed by the practitioner during the session.

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