How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work?

At the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the philosophy that qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy flows throughout the body.
Qi enlivens the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease.
Your health is a reflection of the quantity, quality and balance of your qi.
Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians.
Meridians are like rivers and are connected to specific organs and glands in the body.
Just as a river transports water to hydrate plants, meridians transport life giving qi to nourish and energize all your cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles.
Just as a dam blocks a river from flowing, when the qi is blocked, flow is restricted and nourishment cannot reach the intended place and symptoms arise.

Forms of Treatment

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses several forms of treatment to normalize and optimize the flow of qi in your body;

Acupuncture
Electro-Acupuncture
Counselling
Cupping
Diet Therapy / Nutrition
Heat Therapy
Moxibustion
TDP Lamp
Scraping Massage (Gwa Sha)
Herbal Medicine

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is the use of hair-thin, sterilized needles inserted into acupuncture points around the body to affect the body’s energy flow and circulation.
Studies have shown that acupuncture may increase the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), thereby supporting the mainstream use of acupuncture for the treatment of pain and pain conditions without the use of drugs or surgery.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American National Institutes of Health (NIH), based on a series of clinical trials designed with strict methodological criteria, published a list of indications of Medical Acupuncture, which has also been accepted by IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain).

Diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proved effective with controlled, clinical trials are:

• Stroke
• Headache (including migraine)
• Facial pain (including trigeminal neuralgia and temporomandibular joint disorders)
• Toothache
• Neck pain
• Low back pain
• Sciatica
• Knee pain
• Sprain pain
• Shoulder periarthritis
• Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Post-operative pain
• Epigatric pain (peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis)
• Renal colic
• Biliary colic
• Dysmenorrhea
• Chemotherapy- and radiotherapy-induced side effects
• Nausea and vomiting
• Morning sickness
• Leukopenia
• Allergic rhinitis
• Hypertension
• Hypotension
• Correction of the fetal position
• Induction of labor
• Depression

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