Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is often defined as an ancient healing system, dating back over 5,000 years, it uses holistic and natural approaches to restore the balance of internal organs of body, and body with mind and the environment, the life be in different aspects, such as our environment, our mental and emotional state, our diet and lifestyle, are equally important for a person’s well-being; when balanced, these aspects lead to steady wellness, both physical and emotional.
Base on the theory of TCM, all organs and vital functions and body with the environment are seen as one constant continuum, influencing, controlling and restraining one another, this means that interior and exterior harmony can lead the good functioning of the whole body.
The goal of TCM is to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability and restore harmony by regulating, balancing and unblocking the flow of energy. Each modality such as acupuncture, tuina, Meridian treatment and herbal medicine of TCM accomplishes this in different ways.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment and prevention for many common health problems, including:
Cardiovascular and cardiology
Because of TCM is holistic and natural approach to treating illness, it also provides many long-term health benefits, including:
– Acid Reflux – Addiction – Allergies – Anxiety – Appetite Suppression – Arthritis – Asthma – Bronchitis – Carpal Tunnel – Chronic Fatigue – Common Cold and Flu – Constipation – Cough – Depression – Diabetes – Diarrhea – Dizziness – Emotional Problems – Eye Problems – Facial Paralysis – Facial Pain – Fatigue – Fibromyalgia – Frozen Shoulder – Gastritis – Headaches
– Menopause – Menstrual Irregularities – Migraines – Nausea – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Pain – Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Poor Memory – Sciatica – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Smoking Cessation
– Urinary Tract Infection – Ulcers – Vomiting – Work/Sports Injuries And Many More
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach to treating a variety of conditions and relieve pain by triggering specific points on the skin with needles. It's now being used in many Western countries to ease everything from low back pain, to headaches, fibromyalgia, and menstrual cramps — and more. Traditional Chinese acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific "acupoints." This could relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood. In Chinese acupuncture, the acupuncturist may turn or twirl the needles slightly or apply heat or electrical stimulation to enhance the effects. (Acupressure, a similar technique to acupuncture, does not use needles. Instead, the practitioner uses his or her hands to apply deep pressure at acupressure points.)
The Philosophy Behind Acupuncture
Acupuncture developed from a philosophy that relates to the whole of nature to understand how man’s body works and heals. It sees the human being not as separate from nature, but as an interrelated and integral part of it. And like nature, which is harmonious when it is in balance, so to the human body is healthy when it is balanced, when its organs function in harmony with one another, and when the energy within the body flows properly. The acupuncturist sees pain and illness as expressions of an imbalance within the body’s system of energy. They are diagnosed and treated in relation to the whole person (whereas standard western medicine tends to treat only the specific symptoms of the disease). The goals of acupuncture are thus to address the imbalances that are causing the pain and illness and to restore harmony in the internal energy (qi, pronounced chee) of the body. By doing this, acupuncture facilitates the healing of illness, the prevention of further disease, and the maintenance of optimal health.