Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
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What is TCM and how does it work?
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on Eastern culture and philosophy as it relates to the five elements, the flow of blood and chi (energy flow), and yin-yang.
The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water and these are used to represent and classify everything around us. Chi (Qi) is the vital force in all living entities, and yin-yang relates to two opposing halves that together create wholeness.
The goal of TCM is to bring the body into greater balance and achieve a peaceful way of being as a means to heal sickness. It takes a holistic approach and is tailored specifically to each individual. General practice of TCM includes full diagnosis and various therapies such as acupuncture treatment, cupping treatment and TCM herbal formulas.
What is involved in TCM diagnosis?
TCM diagnosis includes four main modes of determining a patient’s condition: inspection of face, posture and tongue; asking about pain and lifestyle habits; listening to and monitoring sounds and smells; and taking the pulse and performing palpation.
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How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture treatment works by rebalancing the flow of vital energy (Chi or Qi) through the meridian system (channels) by means of the placement of fine needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. The insertion of the needles feels to the patient like a tiny insect sting.
It is very safe and is suitable for adults (including the elderly) and children. Some people experience mild and often temporary side effects, such as pain, minor bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin, and occasionally general drowsiness.
Acupuncture has been proven to work very well for fixing muscular and skeletal disorders. It also works well on conditions such as sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, back pain, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and problems that may occur after a stroke.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is a non-invasive procedure that works by creating a vacuum using heated cups placed on the skin, thereby extracting toxins and moisture from the body and awakening certain acupoints. It is a very effective technique for treating sports injuries, muscle soreness and other physical imbalances in the body.
Cupping treatment is not painful. It feels like light sucking pressure on the skin. After the treatment there are often red marks on the skin, but these usually go away in three days, or at most a week.
Cupping therapy works to relieve physical pain at the root. As the treatments are complementary, we advise patients to follow up their cupping therapy session with acupuncture treatment. Often the physical ailment or pain being addressed is also related to an imbalance in the “chi” or energy flowing through the subtle channels. Cupping therapy works on the physical level while acupuncture works on subtle level, helping to relieve and smooth out the flow of energy in and around the affected location. The synergy of both treatments offers a more holistic and effective resolution to the ailment. We advise leveraging both the treatments for improved and long-lasting results.
What is Involved in the TCM Herbal Formulas?
Based on the diagnosis of the patient’s condition, including their specific deficiency or excess of energy, a TCM formula is developed for them, consisting of herbal ingredients mixed together.
Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas consist almost entirely of substances found in nature, including many kinds of plants, minerals and certain ingredients derived from animals which are preserved. All ingredients sourced from providers are GMP – Good Manufacturing Practice – approved.
Common Ailments and Conditions that can be Effectively Addressed by TCM include:
- Common cold, cough, digestive system problems, insomnia, chronic pain, and post-operative care.
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as sciatica, back pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis (jogger’s heel), post-stroke problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis.
- Asthma, sinusitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tinnitus.
- Internal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, headache, migraine, dizziness, hypotension, hypertension, diabetes, edema, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
- Female health disorders such as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual disorders and menopausal syndrome.