Some of the above listed services are explained below:
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one major feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has being
practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy
that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Acupuncture
is growing in popularity as more and more people experience its health benefits for
themselves throughout of the world. Acupuncture works through stimulating the body’s
healing responses and immune system. The following explains why acupuncture works.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy on which acupuncture is based, your health
is dependent on the body's energy force, known as 'Qi'. When you are healthy, Qi
moves in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels in the body called
meridians. The meridians are linking to the internal organs. There are 14 meridians
around the body on which acupuncture points lie. Qi consists of equal and opposite
qualities - Yin and Yang, and when they become unbalanced, illness may occur.
When you are faced with a physical, mental, or emotional problem, or illness, the
Qi is disrupted, and your health worsens. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number
of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or
grief. Other factors include poor nutrition, improper diet, extreme climatic conditions
(cold, wind, heat, damp), hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. Inserting
needles (very fine sterilized disposable acupuncture needles) into your body’s meridians
can help to release any blockages in the energy flow. It also helps to restore the
body's natural balance by stimulating its own healing process.
Although not all of the effects of acupuncture can be explained using conventional
medicine, there has been some scientific research which shows how acupuncture can
stimulate the body and reduce pain.
When needles are inserted into acupuncture points, it can help stimulate nerves,
muscles, and tissue in your body. This stimulation then encourages the body to release
certain chemicals, such as endorphins, and serotonin. Endorphins are the body's natural
form of painkillers, and your brain releases these chemicals at times of pain and
stress. Serotonin is a chemical that can affect your mood, emotions, and behaviour.
It can also provide pain relief.
Chinese herbal remedies are an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
They are specially formulated in China. Chinese people have been using natural herbs
to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions for thousands of years. Those
herbs are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches.
Each herb has its specific characteristics and particular medical use to treat diseases,
to rectify the hyperactivity or hypoactivity of Yin and Yang, and to help restore
the body to its normal physiological functions.
It is essential that Chinese herbal remedies must be given by qualified TCM doctors.
At the initial consultation, the doctor will consider the patient’s overall symptoms,
such as the type and severity of illness, how and when it occurs. The patient’s sex,
age, and general health are also noted. The doctor will also take patient’s pulse
and observe the patient’s tongue. Then following guidelines from classical Chinese
medicine texts, the doctor will form a basic prescription and then adjusts the mixture
according to the patient’s condition. Such a prescription usually contains 5-15 herbs
and the dosages average 3-15 grams per herb.
Chinese herbal remedies normally come in the following forms:
1. Loose herbs are a combination of dry herbs carefully selected by a TCM doctor,
up to 15 ingredients. Each prescription is tailor-made to the individual. The herbs
are boiled with water and drunk as decoction (“Tea”) to solve the root of the problems.
2. Herbal powder is dried preparation of the decoction.
3. Patent herbs are another form of Chinese herbs. They are pre-mixed herbal combinations
made according to the traditional formulas developed and perfected by experts in
TCM. They are usually in the form of pills and capsules.
Tui Na is also known as Chinese medical massage closely related to acupuncture in
its use of the meridian system. It differs from western massage in that finger and
palm pressure is applied using a wide range of techniques. Tui Na is designed to
prevent problems, not just correct them. It is not only for physical health but also
for mental and emotional well-being as well. As with all other aspects of TCM, the
aim of Tui Na is to enable the natural flow of Qi through the meridians of the body
to regain the Yin-Yang balance, thus helping the body to return to health.
Cupping Therapy has been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for
thousands of years and continues to be incorporated into treatments today. Cupping
is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient's skin. Cups
are applied on the surface of the skin (acupuncture point) to create a slight suction.
The therapy is used to dispel what is called “stagnation”, loosening the areas
of adhesion or restriction within the muscles and tissues of the body. Western medicine
explains this as promoting blood circulation, which can relieve pain, ailments and
boost the immune system. Cupping therapy is a painless procedure. It produces feeling
of relaxation and invigoration
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment using the burning of moxa
or mugwort herb, to help dispel cold and damp from the body as well as warm the
body’s channels. The herb used for moxibustion therapy is Folium Artemisiae. Moxibustion
is usually used in conjunction with acupuncture. It is useful in helping with a wide
range of conditions, including aches and pains, colds and flu, and even poor digestion.