Chinese Medicine (TCM) / Herbal Medicine
"CHINESE MEDICINE is
the oldest, professional, continually practiced, literate medicine
in the world.' (Bob Flaws)
Chinese Medicine works by
bringing the body back into balance and insuring good health. The
way that this is done is through careful diagnosis and treating the
root of the disease not just the symptoms. Therefore, preventing the
disease from reoccurring. Only when the root is treated can good
health be acquired.
There are a variety of
treatments with which the Chinese Medical practitioner has at his or
her disposal. They consist of Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chinese
Herbology, Tui-Na (Chinese Chiropractic and Massage), Diet and
Nutrition, Moxibustion, Cupping, and Breathing Exercises (Qi Gong
and Tai Chi).
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is the insertion of needles that
are hair thin into the body to gain a therapeutic affect. There is
very little pain associated with the needle insertion.
Acupressure: Acupressure is similar to Acupuncture yet the
practitioner uses their finger to apply pressure on the skin
instead of a needle. This technique may be used if the patient has
a strong fear of needles.
Chinese Herbology: Chinese Herbology is a system of using
specific roots, herbs, twigs, whole plants, and some animal
products as medicine. It was developed more than 4000 years ago
and has been tested throughout time for its healing benefits.
Today they may come as raw herbs, tinctures, or capsules.
Tui-Na: Tui-Na is a system of massage techniques that are
specific to certain muscular problems. It is used quite frequently
with athletes or pain syndromes.
Diet and Nutrition: Chinese diet therapy is the use of
foods to bring about good health and the prevention of disease.
The foods are used similarly to the Chinese Herbal Therapy.
Moxibustion: Moxibustion is the application of heat to the
body through the use of external herbs. It is used to increase the
immune system, benefit health, relieve pain, and many other
disorders. The skin becomes red, but does not burn.
Cupping: Cupping consists of using glass jars that create a
suction cup on the skin, which increases blood circulation to a
specific area. By increasing the circulation one has eliminated
the pain and stagnation.
Breathing Exercises: The practitioner teaches Breathing
Exercises to the patient for increased quality of health. By
breathing correctly one may increase their oxygen intake and
increase blood flow therefore preventing disease according to
The system of medicine dates back
more than 4000 years. Chinese medicine is an encompassing medicine.
It was developed to treat all aspects of the human body. This system
of medicine was the only system of medicine in China until the early
Chinese Medicine is a system
of medicine based on checks and balances. These checks and balances
correspond to a healthy life. If the body is not in balance then
disease may occur.
The checks and balances in the
system of Chinese Medicine correspond to Yin and Yang, the Vital
Substances, and the Zang and Fu Organs. Within the body these checks
and balances are maintained usually by emotions, food, air,
lifestyle, and the strength that we receive from our parents at
birth. When there is extreme change in the environment, lifestyle,
emotions, stress, and diet the body's checks and balances become
disrupted. Moderation is very important.