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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. TCM consists of five treatment branches that maintain and restore an individual’s harmony with nature: Acupuncture, Herbs. Tuina (Massage), Qi Gong (energy medicine) and Chinese Dietary medicine. TCM is a powerful tool with a holistic approach. It considers the laws of nature, the environment around us and the natural physical response of the nervous system to help create functional balance in the body. Chinese medicine sees that we are whole in our body and we respond to the environment around us. The ‘body’ we refer to is not only defined by the organs and systems it carries, but also as the home of the mind and spirit.
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The theory behind Chinese medicine is that our body's energy flows in channels called meridians. There are 12 main meridians each one is linked to an internal organ. A tongue and pulse diagnosis is performed to determine how Blood and Qi is moving through the body and the state of the internal organs. Based on the tongue and pulse diagnosis an acupuncture point prescription can be determined to balance disharmonies. Acupuncture uses very fine needles to regulate Qi (Yang energy) and Blood (Yin fluids), produced by the internal organs, which flow through the 12 meridians. Most of the Acupuncture points are found along these meridians. According to TCM theory, all human physical disorders or diseases are related to the dysfunction of Qi and Blood. By inserting acupuncture needles in correct points, Qi and Blood deficiencies are tonified or invigorates stagnation; resulting in improved mental and physical health. Intuitive Acupuncture does not limit reality to the physical. Patients are assessed holistically, as a complete integrated energetic being of body, mind, emotion and spirit. Every treatment is unique to address what is coming up for the patient to bring them back into alignment.
Chinese Herbal Medicine has been around longer even before acupuncture and a long time before pharmaceuticals have been in use. Herbs are used to heal and balance the human body. Herbology is the preparation and use of plants and minerals as prescription medicine. Chinese herbology is found in many forms, including tincture, powder, pills, teas, oils and creams. These herbs treat disorders and diseases through internal or external absorption. Chinese herbs have different tastes, properties, natures and functions; they enter the 12 meridians. The herbs affect the flow of Qi and Blood, as well as the body’s balance of Yin and Yang.
Tuina is a form of Asian bodywork. Tuina is a combination of traditional Chinese massage and acupressure that works by applying pressure to acupoints, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the natural flow of qi, to treat injuries of tendons, muscles, and organ disorders to restore health and vitality.
Medical Qi Gong (Chinese Shamanic healing method)
Medical Qi Gong Energetics is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist channels energy into the patient by touch, hovering hands over the body, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being. Medical Qi Gong sessions can be performed in person or at a distance. The therapist does not need to be in the same room as the patient. The therapist can prescribe exercises that heal through rhythmic breathing and body movements to deepen the treatment and establish new energetic patterns.
Chinese Dietary Medicine is a highly effective method of self-treatment handed down in China over thousands of years. the vital connection between food and health. TCM doctors prescribe energetically-balanced diets to treat disharmonies in the Qi, Blood, and organ functions, using the energetic profile of foods.
Cupping is a therapy that is very effective in treating problems concerning local Qi or blood stagnation in the channels. It can be performed as complementary to Acupuncture or Tuina, or as a stand-alone treatment. Cupping is usually performed with round glass cups, but can also be done with plastic or bamboo cups. The oxygen is removed from the cups to create a vacuum before placing them on the patient. Once the cups are placed, they create a suction which in turn encourages the flow of qi and blood so that local stagnation can be cleared. Cupping is helpful in the treatment of pain, stress management, common cold or asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and more.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that is meant to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi. Dried plant materials that are referred to as "moxa" is burned very close to the surface of the skin, producing a nice warm sensation. The moxa stick is held over an acupuncture point, ran over a meridian, or placed in a special container that produces heat over a larger area. Moxa treatments are good for many types for pain that is of a "cold" pattern where heat helps relieve pain. Arthritis is a good example of such pain, muscle stiffness is another example. Some Gynecological issues are also better resolved when moxa is added to the treatment. Moxibustion can also be useful in some Digestive issues. The use of moxa can be used in the same treatment with Acupuncture as the therapies can increase each other's effectiveness.
The five branches of TCM provide a profound view of the human relationship to nature. This connection to nature helps us tap into our innate healing abilities. Reestablishing this connection is key to self-healing, releasing trauma, gratitude, compassion, connecting to divine heart driven purpose that feeds the soul.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine Treat?
Emotional Conditions - anxiety, addiction, stress, insomnia, depression, postpartum depression, disconnection, feeling alone, unfulfilling relationships, fear of intimacy , emotional trauma, creative blocks, difficulty establishing healthy boundaries, not trusting your intuition, disempowerment, overthinking, can’t make decisions, perfectionism
Pain: Chronic and Acute – acupuncture for back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle sprains/strains or weakness, arthritis, headaches, migraines, sports injury, repetitive stress injuries, sciatica, whiplash
Recovery from surgery- pre and post-operative care
Digestive Disorders – irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, hyperacidity, indigestion, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, candida
Women’s Reproductive Health Issues – infertility, fertility enhancement, IVF optimization, menopausal symptoms, PMS, endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, painful menstruation, irregular menstruation, irregular ovulation.
Pregnancy – all stages of pregnancy, labor support
Men’s Reproductive Health Issues – male factor infertility, prostatitis, BPH, sexual dysfunction
Respiratory problems – allergies, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, flu, sinusitis, tinnitus
Cancer Support- prevention and lifestyle support, treatment of side effects during radiation and chemotherapy, emotional support
Liver Disease - Hepatitis C, fatty liver disease, liver detoxification
Autoimmune Disorders - multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, Epstein Barr, and fibromyalgia
Cardiovascular Issues - high blood pressure, high cholesterol, varicose veins, angina
Weight loss and weight management - diabetes, detoxification treatment
Skin Disorders – eczema, psoriasis, hives, shingles, acne
Cosmetic – Microneedling, facial rejuvenation, face lifting support, skin purification, wrinkle reduction, scar and spot reduction.
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