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Traditional Chinese Medicine

What kinds of conditions can be treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? The World Health Organization recognizes TCM as an appropriate system for treating many conditions, such as:

  • Respiratory Disorders: asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, common colds, allergies, influenza.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, indigestion, acid reflux, gastritis, colitis, hiccups.
  • Gynecological Disorders: PMS, irregular or painful menses, menopausal symptoms, morning sickness, infertility.
  • Urogenital Disorders: urinary tract infections, sexual dysfunction, prostatitis.
  • Musculoskeletal and Nervous System Disorders: headache, migraine, sciatica, back pain, tennis elbow, arthritis, stroke, Bell’s Palsy, fibromyalgia.
  • Circulatory Disorders: anemia, hypertension, angina, edema.
  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders: conjunctivitis, earaches, toothaches, rhinitis.
  • Emotional Disorders: depression, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia.
  • Other: addictions, stress reduction, chronic fatigue, chemotherapy side effects, and more.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient healing method developed by the Chinese over thousands of years. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), all health problems (including emotional problems) arise from an imbalance in the flow of Qi (life energy). By inserting fine needles into specific points along meridians (energy pathways) throughout the body, a balance can be restored and disease can be alleviated.

After a diagnosis is performed according to the principles of TCM, acupoints are selected for needling and stimulated appropriately. The needle stimulation can bring qi to areas of the body where it is insufficient, or drain it away from areas where it is overabundant. This readjustment of qi regulates the body’s function, promotes healing and eliminates disease. Some conditions require more than one course of therapy in order to achieve this balance.

Although western medicine cannot explain how it works, acupuncture can reduce inflammation, increase endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), and improve blood circulation, which may promote the healing process and reduce pain. Scientific research is currently being done by the National Institute of Health (and other reputable institutions) on TCM and its impact on various health issues, such as arthritis, nausea, toothache, low back pain, and so on.

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture (CFA) is a method of stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities to achieve internal health and facial rejuvenation. It involves a combination of Chinese, Japanese and French acupuncture styles. After the body is needled to address the constitutional needs of the patient, a facial protocol is used. The protocol is designed to affect specific areas of the face through sedation and tonification techniques. In the advanced phase of therapy, motor points are stimulated. A CFA treatment involves a combination of facial acupuncture, Chinese herbal poultices and creams, microcurrent stimulation, acupressure & massage and heat/cold therapy. It increases blood circulation, collagen production and muscle tone, and it can lift the face and diminish wrinkles.

Herbal Medicine

Another ancient Chinese healing modality, herbal medicine has been effectively used for thousands of years to treat a broad spectrum of health conditions. Two or more herbs are combined to address specific diseases, based on a TCM diagnosis. Their subtle synergistic effects are remarkable and have fewer side effects than Western drugs, which makes them appealing to many people. They may be administered as teas, pills, capsules, tinctures, or applied topically.

Tui Na (Chinese Massage)

Tui na is a deep penetrating massage that regulates the body’s imbalances, improves the circulation of Qi and blood and has a therapeutic effect on bones, joints, tendons and soft tissues. Various techniques are used (including acupressure) on the different areas of the body to elicit this effect.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is an ancient practice developed by the Chinese to cultivate and regulate qi, or life energy. Through Qi Gong breathing exercises, movement or quiet meditation, the mind becomes clear and relaxed and the body’s internal environment becomes regulated appropriately. There are many different types of Qi Gong; medical Qi Gong involves specific exercises for illnesses, which may be taught and prescribed for a patient by a Qi Gong therapist. With proper practice, Qi Gong can eliminate disease, restore and strengthen the body’s constitution, relax the mind, enhance the intellect, promote longevity, and improve the quality of life.

Qi Healing

Qi healing is an extension of Qi Gong. It is a form of “energy work” which is in accord with the principles of Chinese medicine. Qi healers learn this technique through studying with a Qi Gong master and cultivating their skills over years of meditation practice. Using Qi, the practitioner senses any imbalances that exist in the patient, and then balances out these disharmonies without touching them physically.