Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
by Gosia Pacyna R.TCMP
There are five treatment modalities that I may recommend, depending on your individual condition. These include:
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. It provides a safe and effective way to encourage the natural healing and balancing of the body, mind and spirit. For more details see Acupuncture. Other Oriental medical techniques may be used in addition to acupuncture (based on the condition treated):
a. Moxibustion: this technique uses burning herb moxa (Artemis vulgaris) on or above the skin to warm acupuncture points and channels. The heat warms the channels and increases circulation of Qi and blood.
b. Cupping - a vacuum is created with glass or plastic cups placed on the skin. Cupping is a technique used for a wide variety of conditions including: back, shoulder, neck pain, common colds and muscular tension.
c. Heat Therapy: mineral-plated TDP lamp is used to warm the affected area.
d. Electro-acupuncture: leads from an electro-stimulator are attached to the needles to provide a constant, mild electrical stimulation to the acupoints. Electro-acupuncture has been proven to decrease pain, accelerate tissue healing, and significantly reduce inflammation, edema and swelling.
2. HERBAL THERAPY.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine is a rich and powerful system, created and continuously improved over the past 5000 years. Classical herbal formulas effective for many health concerns have been developed and tested during this time. The herbs are available in the form of herbal teas, liquid extracts, tablets, capsules, granules, lotions, creams, salves, or poultices.
3. DIETARY THERAPY.
Food therapy is based largely on Chinese herbal medicine. Like herbs, foods have been traditionally categorized by the energy they have and the reactions they cause. Chinese Nutrition is based on understanding the individual’s constitution and about recommending foods that will bring balanced energy.
4. TUINA THERAPEUTIC MANIPULATION.
Tuina is a Chinese massage technique that uses pressing, rubbing, kneading and pinching to bring your body back into balance. This technique is applied to the channels, collaterals, and points of the acupuncture system.
5. Qi GONG.
An ancient practice developed by the Chinese to cultivate "Qi," or life energy. Through Qi Gong breathing exercises, movement and quiet meditation, the mind becomes clear and relaxed and the body's internal environment becomes balanced. Qi Gong promotes longevity, and improves the quality of life. There are many different types of Qi Gong.
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