Chinese medicine is a holistic system of healing and wellness, whose origins reach back thousands of years. Consisting of diverse and effective therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, massage and qi gong, Chinese medicine offers a range of tools to treat the whole person in various states of health, ages and lifestyles.
The basis of Chinese medical theory is rooted in the idea that all life, while constantly changing, seeks equilibrium. When this balance is disrupted, disease may eventually occur, manifesting in any number of physical, mental or emotional symptoms. Chinese medical diagnosis and treatment aim to identify the specific imbalance within an individual and then individually-tailor treatment, taking into consideration the bigger picture of patients’ lives.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality that reduces pain and suffering and increases wellness and vitality through the insertion of ultra thin, sterile, disposable needles into the body. Chinese medical theory maintains that the needles manipulate the body’s vital energy, or qi, in order to regulate imbalances of body or mind. Sometimes acupuncture soothes pain, sometimes it deeply relaxes; other times it boosts energy and improves concentration. Acupuncturists choose different techniques and points to achieve varied responses, depending on the individual’s particular needs.
Acupuncture can effectively address a range of ailments including: musculo-skeletal pain, PMS, menopausal symptoms, stress, anxiety, insomnia, skin conditions and digestive disorders, and fatigue amongst others. It can also help the body heal more quickly from illness and injury. Finally, acupuncture can be used as a tool for ongoing health maintenance and wellness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine employs plant, mineral and sometimes animal substances to address imbalances in the body, help heal from illness and promote wellness. Much like acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas work to harmonize the body’s vital energy, or qi. Herbal remedies also contain active compounds that interact with the body’s biochemical pathways.
Some Chinese herbs are mild substances that can be incorporated into food, like tangerine peel, goji berries and red dates, while others are more powerful substances, used in small dosages for specific conditions. Formulating herbal remedies depends on the individual’s diagnosis and consideration is given to other supplements and/or medications the individual may be taking. A well-trained herbalist will closely monitor a patient’s response to an herbal formula, prioritizing safety and effectiveness.
Herbal formulas can be used as part of a treatment strategy for a range of conditions including: stress, insomnia, digestive disorders, gynecological disorders and infertility, chronic pain, dermatological conditions, colds and flus, and more.