Chinese Medicine (or CM) dates back more than 4000 years in practice and continual development.
Chinese Medicine covers several different healing modalities:
- Acupuncture | Acupressure (Acupuncture without needles)
- Meditation, Exercise & Breathing Therapy in Qi Gong and Tai Chi
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Cupping Therapy
- Tui Na (Chinese Massage)
- Diet & Lifestyle Advice
The main premise of all CM healing modalities is the restoration and maintenance of balance and harmony in body and mind using a force called Qi (sometimes written as 'Chi' or energy) flowing within the body & the world around us.
CM modalities also use the Yin | Yang balance principle or what is called Meridians in the body. There are 14 Meridians in the body according to CM. Sometimes they follow blood vessels, sometimes lymph vessels, sometimes neural pathways and sometimes nothing anatomical at all.
Meridians are channels of energy movement in the body. If the flow of energy or 'qi' (sometimes written as 'chi') becomes blocked or depleted then the body loses harmony and illness and disease result.
Environmental influences such as stress, overwork, poor diet, bacterial or viral invasions, weather and lifestyle factors all affect our body's balance.
Your CM practitioner uses certain diagnostic tools to understand your bodymind's state of health & balance and what to treat.
The main two tools are observation of your tongue and feeling your pulses.
The tongue indicates where and what types of imbalances are present, particularly for digestive imbalances.
The tongue is evaluated for its:
- colour, thickness, and size
- colour, thickness, and distribution of the coating on the tongue
- cracks, spots, crevices
The other main diagnostic tool is the pulse. Different pulses are felt along the radial artery in your forearm. The pulse is used to diagnose internal organ & blood disorders and it works on a paired organ system - where two organs have a unique physiological bond where function of one affects the other.
In CM the paired organ systems are:
- Liver and Gallbladder
- Kidney and Bladder
- Spleen (plus Pancreas) and Stomach
- Lung and Large Intestine
- Heart and Small Intestine
- Pericardium and Triple Heater
There are 28 pulse qualities that are looked for, plus the rate, depth, and volume which are monitored. Treatment is individual based on many factors.
- Mood changes such as irritability, anger, depression, anxiety
- Musculoskeletal Aches and Disorders from knee pain to frozen shoulder
- Digestive complaints such as constipation, heartburn, flatulence
- Insomnia, early morning fatigue, frequent waking and other sleep disorders
- Food cravings | Suppress Appetite
- Quit Smoking - addresses cravings, improves the functioning of organs affected by smoking
- Women’s Health Issues - menstrual imbalances, PCOS, menopause
- Hair loss
- Depression | Anxiety
- Neck | Back | Shoulder | Joint Pain
- Kidney & Bladder issues - incontinence, frequent urination etc