Acupuncture has been around for approximately 3,000 years and originated in China. It is a type of alternative medicine that involves inserting specialized needles into the skin at very specific points. The treatment may help with a variety of health conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders, neurological issues and gastro-intestinal disorders. You have probably seen the treatment…
How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Improve Health
Traditional Chinese medicine can significantly improve a person's health. These are ancient treatments that have been working well for centuries. Long before modern Western medicine was in place, people were using Chinese medicine to cure ailments like the common cold, infertility, heart problems and so much more.
The ancient Chinese believed that the human body was a miniature representation of the larger universe and that the body needs to be in balance to function properly. This typically refers to the balance between yin and yang (two opposing forces).
They also believed in the five natural elements of fire, earth, wood, metal, and water. These elements are used to explain how the body changes when suffering from disease. Additionally, Qi is the energy flowing through the body, something that is aligned through acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is typically broken down into several categories, including-
- Herbal medicine
- Tai Chi and Qigong
Various herbs are used to keep patients healthy or to improve health. They can be consumed in a tea, for example. These herbs are prescribed by a TCM practitioner. The understanding is that much of what the body needs to improve and align health is already found growing in the Earth. This is why herbs are used to address things like stress, for example. Whereas Western medicine relies on pharmaceuticals to heal patients, TCM relies on these natural herbs and other natural remedies. This is highly beneficial for anyone who is allergic to various medications or wants to live a drug-free lifestyle.
This is more than one procedure and can involve several, designed to stimulate certain points on the body. Most often this involves using thin metal needles and manipulating them through electrical stimulation or even by hand. Acupuncture brings the body into alignment so that it functions properly. This makes it an effective way to treat a variety of health issues and has even been approved by the World Health Organization to do so. These conditions include:
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Biliary colic
- Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- Dysentery, acute bacillary
- Dysmenorrhoea, primary
- Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Hypertension, essential
- Hypotension, primary
- Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of fetus, correction of
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Renal colic
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
Tai Chi and Qigong
These are a series of movements that help to coordinate mental and body focus through breathing exercises and precise movements.
Discover how traditional Chinese medicine can help you
If you are not seeing the results you want when visiting a traditional doctor or you are tired of living a life of constant medication, it is time to visit our clinic to see how traditional Chinese medicine can help you. There are so many things we can do to improve your health. The key is to schedule an appointment. We will then make customized treatment recommendations that can be quite effective for improving your health, well-being and even your energy levels.