“the major difference between the Eastern perspective and the Western perspective is that the people of the East perceive everything as alive where as the people of the West perceive everything as dead” ~ Anonymous
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system ranging from three to five thousand years old. It’s based on the theory of understanding the patterns of the human body and mind, as well as our environment. In TCM, we are working to balance and restore the body’s Qi flow. TCM regards that the root cause of illness can lead to many different symptoms, therefore by treating the root, the branches of disease improves as well. TCM is holistic and views all the parts as one picture, therefore it takes all the aspects of the patient into consideration, the physical body, the mind, the spirit and emotions.We also work with the Five Elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal which correlate to different organs in the body. Every person has one or two dominant elements which tends to show as their personality. The organs in TCM are not just responsible for physical functions, they regulate our emotions as well as behaviour.
Acupuncture is just one of the therapies used in TCM, the others being cupping, gua sha, moxabustion,Qi Gong, nutrition and herbal medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system of medicine, using tongue, pulse and consultation for diagnosis and it was and still is used as single therapy. Therefore, it can treat pain and muscular issues, mental emotional issues as well as internal disease. It can be even more effective when combined with other modalities. Most people find that it is a gentle and relaxing experience, as I use needles as fine as a hair. Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective choice for your health needs.
Acupuncture points are found on the body following certain pathways. Acupuncturists use thin needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points in regards to the condition to re-establish balance and stimulate the body’s own healing response. In western terms, different points stimulate the CNS (central nervous system), different muscles and hormones to balance the body. It is generally a very safe treatment without side effects and is appropriate for men and women of all ages.
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