Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine


Are you wondering what Traditional Chinese Medicine is? And what is acupuncture? What about Chinese Herbal Medicine? How can this all help me?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic form of medicine, which has been around for thousands of years. It aims to prevent illness and treat disease that may be already occurring in the body.

It takes into consideration a lot of external and lifestyle factors, such as diet, physical trauma and emotional issues that can disturb the body’s energy. This energy is called Qi, and it is our body’s life force. It is a part of who we are and it give us life. It is very important to have the body in harmony and balance to ensure that Qi is moving around the body at its best. It is when there are blockages or imbalances in the movement of Qi that disease and illness occurs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to restore balance of Qi in the body, commonly by using acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to help get the body to function at an optimal level to regain health. TCM takes into consideration, physical symptoms as well as the state of the mind and looks at the body in a more holistic way to get a better understanding of how each individual works.

At a typical TCM consultation, a case history will be taken regarding previous and present medical conditions so the practitioner can further understand the state of a patient. Questions can also include things relating to diet, sleeping patterns, menstrual cycle, digestion issues, appetite, stress levels and lifestyle habits. Some other diagnostic tools used by a TCM practitioner will include pulse taking, observation of the tongue and other physical observations such as colour of the face, skin and sound of the voice. Treatment will then begin once all relevant questions have been asked and a diagnosis and treatment plan has been decided. Each treatment is individualised for every patient and will likely include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion or Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Acupuncture Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine stainless steel needles throughout the body into specific acupoints. These acupoints are chosen by the practitioner and will help activate the meridians (or pathways) in the body where the Qi flows to restore health. Acupuncture is painless, many people feel the initial insertion of the needle into the skin, but afterwards, the body will feel relaxed and revitalised. Some people explain the sensation during an acupuncture treatment as a tingling, numbing or heavy feeling throughout the body, which tells us that the Qi is being activated, and moving through the meridians.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Chinese Herbal Medicine is very commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture and other TCM modalities, which has the same aim, to restore balance and health throughout the body. It requires a specialised selection of herbs according to their action, taste and which organ in which they target. The choice of herbs will be individualised to every patient, depending on their presenting symptoms and previous health history. Chinese Herbal Medicine today, commonly comes in powder, pill or liquid form.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is able to help a wide range of conditions: Digestive issues Infertility and menstrual disorders Emotional disorders Musculoskeletal injuries Cold/flu symptoms Stress relief and relaxation Pain management Sleep disorders including insomnia Respiratory conditions including asthma Allergies and skin conditions Headache/migraine relief

At Maya Chinese Medicine, we have a special interest in treating illness relating to Women's Health, including pre-conception and pregnancy support, emotional wellbeing including stress and anxiety, menstrual irregularities and digestion imbalances.

We hope this give you a better understanding of what we do at Maya Chinese Medicine!

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