Traditional Chinese Medicine is an independent and coherent system of practice and thought that has been developed over five thousand years. It includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, Tui Na, cupping, Gua Sha and electro-stimulation. According to ancient texts, TCM is the result of a persistent process of analytical thinking, as well as exhaustive clinical observation and scientific testing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has its origin in ancient Taoist philosophy which views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike allopathic or Western medicine, which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that succeeds in restoring balance, within, so the body’s natural healing abilities can function properly. That’s why we can often treat conditions that Western medicine has no hope for. Many people have found Traditional Chinese methods of healing to be excellent tools for maintaining optimum health and preventing illness.
How does Acupuncture work?
The ancient Chinese recognized, after centuries of meticulous observation, that there is a universal life energy called Qi or Chi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. Qi’s unimpeded flow is vital to sound health. Therefore, as long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to encourage the smooth flow of qi or energy which will lead to the health. Acupuncture needles are disposable and are discarded in accordance with medical bio-hazard regulations and guidelines after a single use.
Acupuncture is one method of treatment for stress and pain relief, comprehensive mind body care and women’s health. See our Specialities for more detailed information.