Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Theory
The concept of Yin & Yang dictates many aspects of life in Chinese Culture, society, politics and medicine alike. It’s theorized that all things in the universe are sustained by the balance of two opposite but interdependent forces, Yin & Yang (the positive and negative forces in magnetic field). The imbalance of these two forces (energy) will result in turbulence and disequilibrium. All living thing must have energy or it would be no growth but dead. In health, the disharmony of energy will create illness and disorder. In order to be healthy we must first maintain good and balanced energy. In saying so, the Chinese medicine is taking the approach from the energy points of view which is considerably different from the approach taken by the modern medical professionals, in which seeing health problems based exclusively on physical, technical and chemical aspects. Therefore, and very likely, a person might not feel him/herself even though the medical examinations show no signs of irregularity about him/her. However, from the energy point of view, this may upheave the forming of problems even though they do not yet surface. The approach of TCM therefore helps to prevent potential health problem at the early stage. The most popular treatment modules used in TCM are Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Tui-Na, Cupping and Meditation Exercises including Qi Kong and Tai-Chi.
Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms. According to acupuncture theory, Qi is circulated in the body along fourteen energy pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. There are hundreds of acupoints within the meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi. When special acupuncture needles are inserted into these acupoints , they help to correct and rebalance the flow of energy and consequently restore health and avoid pain.
Uses of acupuncture:
The use of acupuncture is to elevate one’s immune system therefore initiate a person’s healing ability to right itself from wrong. The application of acupuncture is not only limited to pain management but also organ system problems ranging from colitis to bloating stomach to vertigo just to name a few. We treat all issues that one would normally see the medical doctors for.
Acupuncture treatment is believed to be the most effective way to treat pain, natural relief of lower back pain, join pain, arthritis, headaches, other pain-causing conditions such as PMS. Acupuncture is also used to treat infertility, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, low libido etc. Please contact us for further information.
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Chinese Herbal Medicine with Acupuncture is a major pillar of Chinese Medicine. The practice of Chinese herbal medicine stretches back more than 5,000 years, embracing all the domains of nature – earth and sea, seasons and weather, plants and animals, and all the elements that constitute the universe. Contemporary Chinese medicine represents the cumulative clinical experience and time-tested theories of five millennia of continuous practice by traditional Chinese physicians. It remains the world’s oldes, safest, and most comprehensive system of medical care, developing as dynamically today as it has throughout it long history.
Uses of Chinese herbal medicine:
There are literally every traditional formula for each kind of health problem. These formulas have been tested over and over for many thousand years by many emperors and their dynasties. The early Chinese herbal medicines usually carry a very rich earthy taste which is disliked by many including the Chinese people. In order to blend the practice into the North American culture and acceptance, our clinic prefers to adapt the easiest forms of medicine which is either in tablets or capsules. Only when the choice is limited, we will then resort to the powder form or whole plant herbs.
Should you be interested in finding out which herbal product is suitable for your concern please email or call Erik Chhuo using the contact page for details. We can arrange for pick up or delivery.
Tuina is relatively new to the West but its roots in China are ancient. Archaeological studies have dated it back to around 2700 BC, making it the forefather of all forms of massage and body work that exit today from shiatsu to osteopathy.
Tui Na uses a variety of hand techniques and passive and active stretching to restore correct anatomical musculo-skeletal relationships, neuromuscular patterns, and to increase the circulation of Qi and Blood to remove biochemical irritants. Acupoints may be selected to rebalance and harmonize the flow of Qi and Blood through the organ meridian in order to facilitate healing and prevent further injury.
Throughout its history, tuina has been developed, refined and systematized by doctors in the colleges and hospitals of traditional Chinese medicine all over China. Tuina is a very popular form of treatment with the people in China and it is not at all unusual to see people queuing up in long lines outside the hospitals waiting for the tuina department to open. It is also the first choice of treatment for infants and children.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow—to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions. Its advocates say it has other applications, as well.
Cupping is used to treat a broad range of medical conditions such as: blood disorders (anaemia, haemophilia), rheumatic diseases (arthritic joint and muscular conditions), fertility and gynaecological disorders, skin problems (eczema, acne) and is claimed by proponents to help general physical and psychological well-being.
Cupping therapy is generally safe and painless. It is safe as long as it is done by a licensed Acupuncturist. It may, however leave bruises. These are created from the suction. The bruises can often be tender, but are not usually painful, and they disappear within a few days. Cupping should not be performed on individuals with inflamed, irritated, or infected skin. It is also usually avoided on elderly people with very thin, delicate skin.
The practical exercises of Tai Chi are also situated in a wider philosophical context of Taoism. This is a reflective, mystical Chinese tradition first associated with the scholar and mystic Lao Tsu, an older contemporary of Confucius. He wrote and taught in the province of Honan in the 6th century B.C. and authored the seminal work of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching. As a philosophy, Taoism has many elements but fundamentally it espouses a calm, reflective and mystic view of the world steeped in the beauty and tranquillity of nature.
Tai Chi also has, particularly amongst eastern practitioners, a long connection with the I Ching a Chinese system of divination. There are associations between the 8 basic I Ching trigrams plus the five elements of Chinese alchemy (metal, wood, fire, water and earth) with the thirteen basic postures of Tai Chi created by Chang San-feng. There are also other associations with the full 64 trigrams of the I Ching and other movements in the Tai Chi form.
Researchers have found that intensive t’ai chi practice shows some favorable effects on the promotion of balance control, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and has shown to reduce the risk of falls in both healthy elderly patients, those recovering from chronic, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attacks, MS, Parkison’s, Alzimer’s and fibromyalgia. T’ai chi’s gentle, low impact movements burn more calories than surfing and nearly as many as downhill skiing.
I had been teaching Tai Chi as a hobby in the Community center but is no longer able to do this due to time factor. For those who are interested in learning a good form of Tai Chi, I would recommend Master Jim Liang who has been spending his whole life practicing Tai Chi. Please see my contact page for the link.