What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system based on Chinese Taoist principles which have been used for over 5,000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. It is a highly respected, professional system, which is currently used by one quarter of the world’s population.
Chinese Medicine incorporates acupuncture, herbs, Tui Na (Chinese massage), dietary and lifestyle recommendations and Qi Gong (breathing and movement exercises), all of which work to create balance and harmony for the entire individual, and stimulate the body’s inherent healing capacities. Elimination of symptoms, strengthened immunity and an overall sense of well-being result as the body’s energy is brought into balance.
What is an Acupuncture Treatment Like?
After the acupuncturist conducts a thorough interview and evaluation, she inserts very thin (about the size of a human hair), sterile, disposable needles into various acupuncture points. This is usually quite painless. It is normal, however, and even desirable to experience a dull ache, tingling or warm sensation once the needles have been inserted. Needles are usually retained for 20-30 minutes, and most people become very relaxed during treatment and experience a feeling of well-being afterward. Traditional Chinese Medicine may also include other therapies, such as the application of heat (moxibustion), acupressure, cupping, herbal medicines, nutritional counseling, and exercise recommendations. The number of treatments needed depends of the nature of the disorder and how long the patient has experienced it.
What Can Chinese Medicine Treat?
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a wide scope of treatments for a broad array of ailments. Some of the most common include the following: