Using a variety of therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, offers a drug-free and surgery-free method of healing that can be used alone or in combination with modern western medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on natural healing and prides itself on generating little or no side effects when treating disease, unlike modern drug treatments where remedies are accompanied by a catalogue of unwanted and harmful side effects.
- What is Qi?
- How Does Qi Move Through The Body?
- How Do Meridians Affect the Health of a Person?
- What Causes Qi Flow to be Restricted in the Meridians?
- What is Acupuncture?
- How Does Acupuncture Work?
- What is Tui Na?
- What is Cupping?
- What is Moxibustion?
- What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Pronounced “chee,” Qi is the Life Energy that flows throughout the body. Qi is found in all living things and serves as a driving force. It also protects the body from injury and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. [BACK TO TOP]
Qi flows through the body in specific pathways called Meridians. There are 14 main meridians in the body. Each of these meridians connects to a different organ or gland in the body. [BACK TO TOP]
Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where the river flows it transports life-sustaining water (Qi). Health problems arise when the flow of the meridian is obstructed, much like damming a river. Once the flow of Qi in the meridian is restricted, it can lead to poor health in the organ system that is fed by that particular meridian. [BACK TO TOP]
Qi flow can be obstructed by many things: physical or emotional trauma, lack of exercise, poor diet, stress, seasonal and weather changes, among others.
Much like the immune system can fight off a cold virus, the body normally regulates the flow of Qi through meridians in order to heal itself. If the imbalance in the flow of Qi is prolonged, it may result in pain, illness or disease. [BACK TO TOP]
Acupuncture is a method of stimulating the body to heal itself by inserting single use, disposable, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body.
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recognize acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of medical problems. [BACK TO TOP]
Acupuncture works by adjusting the flow of Qi in the meridian system to stimulate the body to heal itself. By inserting hair-fine, sterile needles at specific points along the meridian, the flow of Qi is restored or enhanced. This allows the Qi to circulate and provide healing and nourishment to the organs, muscles, tissues and cells in the body. [BACK TO TOP]
Chinese massage is known as Tui Na (pronounced twee naw). It is a therapeutic style of massage that is used to rectify imbalances of Qi flow in the meridians, tissues or organs. Much like acupuncture, various hand techniques are utilized to adjust the Qi flow, allowing the body to self-heal. Tui Na methods range from the acupressure style of treatment to the joint manipulation method used in modern chiropractic treatments. [BACK TO TOP]
Cupping is the therapeutic approach of placing specially made small cups on the skin to treat the restricted flow of Qi or blood in the body. A vacuum is created inside each of the glass cups when it is placed against the skin. The suction created in the immediate area covered by the cup stimulates the body to self-heal by increasing the flow of Qi to the affected area. Cupping can be used alone or in combination with acupuncture. [BACK TO TOP]
Moxibustion treats and prevents disease by applying heat to specific acupuncture points of the body. This type of thermal care uses a species of chrysanthemum in the form of a cone or a stick. These cones or sticks are set to smolder and used to heat specific points of the body. By warming up certain acupuncture points, the flow of Qi in the body can be regulated and disease treated. [BACK TO TOP]
Chinese herbal medicine is the practice of using herbs rather than drugs to treat disease. Several herbs will be combined in a formula designed to balance the Qi in the body and stimulate the body to fight various diseases. Chinese herbal medicine can be found in various forms, from pills and powders to salves and tinctures. The benefit of choosing Chinese herbal medicine over modern drugs is that when properly prescribed, there are few or no side effects from herbal treatments. [BACK TO TOP]