Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic approach of healing the whole person using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Auriculotheropy, Moxabustion, and Tui Na Massage.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE views man as an inseparable part of the universe. The cosmic energy that maintains the sun, the moon and the stars is within the human body as well. As we are in this world, we are part of it and not a separate entity. The sages of ancient China encountered already at these prehistoric times the problems of mortality and sickness and over thousands of years of research the core essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine was formed. The philosophy and theory, the methods and techniques were all developed to prolong life and enhance health.
ACUPUNCTURE is based on the vital force that flows through the body in pathways called Meridians and includes the insertion of very fine needles to the designated Acupuncture Points. These Acupuncture Points are energetic points on the Meridians. The Meridians are connected to the internal organs, thus a healthy flow of Qi in them will help heal diseases in their respective organs. The insertion of needles into the acupuncture points is not a painful process, since the needles are very fine. In today’s practice most practitioners use disposable needles so that the risk of infection is very minimal. Points located on these pathways are manipulated to successfully treat many diseases, the most common being condylitis, arthritic conditions, headaches, allergic reactions, muscle spasm, stress and trauma. There have been clinical trials where it is used to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and gynecological disorders, with success in addiction dependency. Acupuncture includes ear acupuncture, moxabustion and electro-acupuncture.
CHINESE HERBOLOGY is the combination and use of natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases by stimulating the body ’s innate healing ability. Chinese Herbology is usually combined with acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle changes to promote health. Chinese herbs are normally very safe and have very little, if any, side effects. Traditionally herbs are derived from three sources: plants, minerals and animals. However in the modern practice there are very few animal derived “Herbs”. Mostly they are plants, roots, flowers and barks, with some additional minerals that are safe to apply. The application of Chinese Herbs to a certain disease is very delicate and requires a great deal of knowledge.
TUI NA is TCM’s version of therapeutic massage. Tui Na is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tui Na 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 Tui Na seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.
MOXIBUSTION is the technique of Burning a dried herb, usually Common Mugwort artemesia vulgaris) over specific acupuncture points. When alight, moxa burns in a very slow and controlled way producing a very penetrating heat directly into the points and channels to influence the flow of Qi and Blood. Moxa has the smell of strong incense as it smolders rather than burns.
Moxa can be used in several ways. It can be shaped into a small cone and burnt directly on the skin, this is how it is most commonly used. Alternatively, the moxa cone will be placed on a small pile of salt or on a slice of ginger or garlic. The herb may be formed into a roll, like a large cigar, and held about 2cm above the skin and moved in a circular motion or in a ‘pecking’ movement. This allows the warming effects to be used over a longer period of time and also gives the possibility of home treatment for certain ailments. The moxa may also be burn in a wooden box to provide warmth over a large area, for instance in certain cases of lower back ache. the moxa may also be placed on a needles to allow the heat to penetrate deeply into an acupuncture point and also into the meridian on which the point is located. Moxa is used extensively as a treatment for Yang deficiencies, excess cold and to nourish Qi and Blood.