Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in China and has evolved over thousands of years. With a holistic approach, TCM has undergone some of the most rigorous testing and research of all the treatment options offered by complementary and alternative therapies. TCM was built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine:
- Conditions that can be seen by the eye or palpated directly. Focus on the treatment of viruses (including the common cold and flu), infections, allergies and skin conditions.
- Involves the treatment of internal disease patterns, including diabetes, back pain, headaches, stomach pain and diarrhea. This therapeutic area also encompasses depression, addictions, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and many others.
- Women's health and fertility. This includes effective, natural treatments of pre-menstrual syndrome, irregular or painful periods, endometriosis, infertility and menopause.
- Focused primarily on the treatment of bone and soft tissue injuries, including acute trauma (i.e., broken bones), joint sprains, muscle strains, arthritis and osteoporosis.
TCM uses a combination of the following practices to treat and cure disease:
- Utilizing energetic meridians (channels) within the body, very fine needles are inserted into specific points to remove blockages, which restores a smooth flow of Qi and blood within the body, resulting in an optimal state of energetic balance.
- A form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture. Acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease; without the use of needles.
- Used in conjunction with acupuncture, or as an alternative to pharmaceuticals, herbal medicine is especially important in the treatment of internal disorders. This all natural therapy uses raw herbs with minimal to no side effects, to supplement and restore harmony within the body.
- Food is medicine, and our health starts with what we eat. Nutritional Support is provided following an in depth session to find out the patients diet and explore options to make it better. In this way, changes can be made to achieve one's optimal diet and health by choosing healthier foods that better suit one's constitution and nutritional needs.
- This natural therapy is practiced by burning dried mugwort (moxa) on particular points on the body. Moxibustion is especially effective in illnesses caused by cold, dampness or deficiency.
- Conversation is an important part of every treatment and are very powerful healing tools. Emotional support comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. By finding peace of mind through active listening and making subtle suggestions and lifestyle changes, a person is able to harness their own ability to heal themselves.
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