Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine

massageTraditional Chinese medicine is a range of traditional medical practices used in China that developed over several thousand years. These practices include herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage.

Traditional Chinese medicine theory is based on a number of philosophical frameworks including the Theory of Yin-yang, the Five Elements, the human body Meridian system, Zang Fu organ theory, and others. Diagnosis and treatment are conducted with reference to these concepts.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine uses an extensive Materia Medica of thousands of plants and substances. These are combined using ancient recipes called formulas to treat numerous diseases and ailments and are usually decocted. However with the changes in modern society formulas are now available in the forms of powders, patents and pills.

This helps increase patient compliance as they are cheap, more palatable and practical. To ensure patient safety the herbs used are those only deemed safe and at oriental health there is a guarantee of no animal products.

Acupuncture

Is the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific points across the body. The points are located along energy pathways called meridians. The acupuncturist inserts needles in the point’s specific to the patient’s syndrome differentiation. The needles are then manipulated using ancient techniques to tonify, reduce or support the organs and the internal conditions of the body.

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro acupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. These needles are then attached to a device that generates a continuous electric pulse. The device can then be adjust to vary the frequency and intensity of the impulse delivered.

Massage

Massage was a precursor of acupuncture as the ancients learned to make the qi respond to touch and to the qi of the practitioner. Through millennia of massage and observation, the pathways were discovered, and so were many of the acupoints.

Asian massage promotes the movement of Qi, Blood, and fluids. Tui na, shiatsu and other massage techniques are used for healing and to prevent illness as well as for pleasure. Like yin and yang, Asian massage should be hard and soft, fast and slow, pleasurable yet slightly painful. Acupoints and channels are stimulated to promote flow. Limbs are stretched and pulled. Sometimes the torso is gently twisted. You won’t fall asleep getting shiatsu or tui na. You will feel thoroughly massaged.

Moxabustion

Moxabustion is a heat treatment where acupoints are heated by burning an herb called moxa (compressed artemisia leaf) on or near the acupoint. Burning on the skin is called direct moxibustion. Burning it near the skin called indirect moxibustion. Sometimes we burn moxa attached to the the needles. This is called warming needle technique.