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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical tradition of over 3000 years.   Its practice includes acupuncture, herbal treatment, dietary therapy, Tui Na, massage moxibustion, cupping, meditation, and exercise such as Tai chi Qi gong.  These therapies promote the body’s ability to heal by working with the natural vital energies inherent within all living beings, adjusting and altering the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns.

 

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Chinese Herbs

AcupunctureHerbal Medicine is the main modality or treatment method within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  It is the world’s oldest, continually practiced, professional medicine.  With a written history that stretches back not less than 2,5000 years, its practice is undoubtedly much older than that.    Acupuncture was the first of the Chinese treatment modalities to gain wide acceptance in the West.  As Chinese Herbal Medicine is becoming better known and more widely available, it is quickly taking its place alongside acupuncture as one of the most popular and effective TCM therapies in the West.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the main forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for over 80 medical problems, including allergies, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, nervous conditions, disorders of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as childhood illnesses.  It is an effective and low-cost treatment for headaches and chronic pain associated with neck problems, back injuries, and arthritis.  Acupuncture has also proven effective in helping patients suffering from cancer, dermatological disorders, depression, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction.

Although acupuncture is generally most effective when used as a preventative treatment or before a health condition becomes acute, it augments Western medical treatment and has proven particularly successful when used in conjunction with more invasive Western treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery, and trauma recovery.

It would be most accurate to say that acupuncture treats and balances disorders of Qi (energy), the blood, moisture, and disturbances of the organ systems. 

Some of the specific conditions for which TCM is considered appropriate such as:

Circulatory Disorders: Hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia

Dermatological Disorders: Eczema, acne, herpes, psoriasis, hives, and dermatitis

Eye-Ear-Nose and Throat: Tinnitus, deafness, poor vision, sinusitis, sore throat, and hay fever

Gynecological Disorders: Irregular or painful menstruation, infertility in women or men, PMS, and menopause

Gastrointestinal Disorders: Food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, colitis, diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia, and gastritis

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, bursitis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, and all pain of the neck, back, and shoulders.

Psycho-emotional & Neurological disorders: Depression, anxiety, mental disorders, migraine, headaches, insomnia, dizziness, facial pain, and paralysis

Respiratory Disorders: Cold, flu, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and allergies

Pediatric Disorders: Night crying, vomiting, cough, asthma, malnutrition, food-stagnation and enures