What Is Chinese Medicine?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

What Is Chinese Medicine?
More than 3,000 years ago, a system of medicine was created that effectively treats pain, illness, and disease, as well as preventing future health problems.  This system is called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  It uses a number of different modalities to treat patients, including: acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, dietary counseling, gwa sha, and cupping.  TCM focuses on restoring balance to the body and promoting natural healing.
The body has evolved to heal itself and to maintain balance.  This process is called homeostasis.  For example, if you get a cut and bleed, your blood clots to stop the bleeding and the wound heals.  If you catch a cold, your immune system fights the virus and you get well.  When your body is in balance, it’s natural self-healing abilities are active.  You are healthy and have a sense of well-being.
Life, however, has many ways of destabilizing this balance.  Too much stress, strong emotions, overwork, poor diet, smoking, environmental toxins, etc., all can disrupt balance in the body.  Have you noticed that when you are overworked and exhausted you catch every cold making the rounds at work?  Or that when you are overwhelmed or stressed your digestive system is in turmoil?  Over time, imbalances can weaken the whole body, making it more susceptible to pain and disease.
TCM helps to relieve the signs and symptoms of many health issues.   It does this by bringing the body into balance so that the body’s natural self-healing is activated.  It can also strengthen and support the body to prevent future illness and disease.
What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one type of treatment used in TCM.  It involves the gentle insertion of very thin needles into selected acupuncture points.  The needles are sterile and disposable.  The acupuncture points are chosen specifically based on what is going on in your body at that particular time.  The point prescription used changes in response to changes in your body.  It is the insertion of the needles that allows the body to begin to re-balance and to heal itself.

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