Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
The theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is based around the concept of Qi traveling through the body in Meridian and Channels. It is difficult to translate the word Qi correctly, but it encompasses not just the physical cells in the body but also our emotions. If this Qi is imbalanced (Deficient, Excess or Stagnant etc.) then illness ensues.
This system of medicine is used in many hospitals around the world as well as in private practice. It can be used for acute or chronic conditions or to maintain good health. Its huge success is due to its ability to treat the underlying issues and not just the symptoms.
Components of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine has many components. The components that I practice here in the clinic are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, Cupping and Tuina.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine single use sterile needles into the body to correct the flow of Qi.
Herbal medicine has been used for many years, in different cultures, to treat a range of conditions.
Moxibustion involves the burning of specific herbs called moxa, which adds heat to the body. This helps to treat damp and cold conditions and can boost a weakened area.
Cupping Therapy is a gentle technique using vacuum suction, with the cup being placed directly onto the skin, encouraging the flow of qi and blood, which aids the healing process.
Tuina is a hands-on massage technique that uses energy meridians and acupuncture points. A stand-alone system of medicine, Tuina is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to achieve a specific result.