Traditional Chinese Medicine

Qi is a fundamental concept of traditional Chinese culture. Qi is believed to be part of every living thing that exists, as a kind of “life force” or “spiritual energy”. It is frequently translated as “energy flow”, or literally as “air” or “breath”. In Mandarin Chinese it is pronounced something like “chee” in English.

Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into points on the body with the aim of restoring health and well-being, and particularly treating pain. Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is most commonly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Health is a condition of balance of Yin-Yang within the body. Particularly important in acupuncture is the free flow of Qi, a difficult-to-translate concept that pervades Chinese philosophy and is commonly translated as “vital energy”). Acupuncture treatment regulates the flow of Qi and Blood, tonifying where there is deficiency, draining where there is excess, and promoting free flow where there is stagnation. An axiom of the medical literature of acupuncture is “no pain, no blockage; no blockage, no pain”.
TCM treats the human body as a whole that involves several “systems of function” generally named after anatomical organs but not directly associated with them. The Chinese term for these systems is Zang Fu, where zang is translated as “viscera” or solid organs and fu is translated as “”bowels” or hollow organs.


Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
includes the practice of acupuncture, moxibustion (the burning of the herb mugwort to tonify acupuncture needles, or used alone to warm acupuncture points), massage, herbal therapy, and qi gong. All of these modalities are employed to improve the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”) through 12 primary and eight accessory channels known as meridians. Qi is thought to be the vital force that circulates throughout the meridians to protect, nourish, and animate living beings. Although TCM treatments are used to mend disease states, the central purpose, or higher wisdom, is to maintain the body’s order and balance by preserving the conditions within which life thrives. Disease states are thought to result from internal and external causes that disturb balance, such as that between yin and yang. Treatment is aimed at correcting the imbalance through disbursement or replenishment of the disrupted element within the body.

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupoints are specific places where acupuncture and moxibustion are applied for the treatment of disease, and their location and therapeutic indication form the basis of practical treatment in the clinic.
-constitutional acupuncture
-electroacupuncture
-ear acupuncture
-laser acupuncture
-scalp acupuncture

MOXIBUSTION
Moxibustion is a therapeutic method which treats and prevents disease by applying the stimulation of warmth and heat to the acupoints and the meridians. Artemisia vulgaris is the most common in use in the clinic.

CUPPING
Cupping is a therapy in which a glass cup is attached to the skin surface, causing local congestion through the negative pressure created by introducing heat in the form of ignited material, with the aim of treating disease. Cupping is often use together with acupuncture, as its functions similarly to moxibustion.

GUA SHA
Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon was used, or a well worn coin, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, or jade. In classical Chinese practice, the Gua Sha technique is most commonly used to treat:
• Fever
• Fatigue caused by exposure to heat or cold
• Cough and dyspnea: bronchitis, asthma, emphysema
• Muscle and tendon injuries
• Fibromyalgia.
• Headache
• Stiffness, pain, immobility

TUI NA MASSAGE
Tui Na is a hands-on-body treatment using acupressure that is a part of Chinese medicine whose purpose is to bring the body into balance. Tui Na is one of the external methods, especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today it is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Tui Na has fewer side effects than modern drug-based and chemical-based treatments. It is used to treat or complement the treatment of many conditions; musculo-skeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. In a typical Tui Na session, the patient wears loose clothing and lies on a massage table or floor pad. After answering some brief questions about the nature and location of the health problem as well as basic questions about general health, allergies and other existing conditions, the practitioner will concentrate on specific acupressure points, energy trigger points, muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. Treatment sessions last from 15 minutes to over an hour.