Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It is an ancient technique, which is more than 3000years old. Acupuncture is based on the theories of TCM to treat and prevent a variety of illnesses. It involves inserting and manipulating thin acupuncture needles into specific points (acupuncture points) on the body for therapeutic purposes or mainly to relieve pain. According to TCM medical theory, acupuncture points are situated on meridians through which Qi, the vital energy, flows throughout the body. Acupuncture is wholly concerned with restoring the balance between two opposing and inseparable forces: Yin (Feminine) and Yang (Masculine). Health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and illness or disease is due to an internal imbalance of Yin and Yang.
TCM Herbal Medicine
TCM herbal medicine, together with acupuncture, is a major pillar of Chinese medicine. Chinese herbal medicine works through the physiological action of the herbs, and pays special attention to the powers unleashed through combinations of herbs. For example, a Chinese herbalist will choose an herb for a specific effect and complement it with another herb that will increase that beneficial effect. A herbal formula is built to suit the individual diagnoses of each person — there is never one pat prescription for everyone who has the same symptoms. A compound of three or more herbs may be designed to address the person’s particular needs.
The Chinese pharmacopoeia lists over 6,000 different medicinal substances in terms of their properties and the disharmonies that they were helpful with. There are about 600 different herbs in common use today.
Cupping therapy is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy. This technique involves in creating suction to drain toxins and dampness from the body as well as to improve flood flow to the stagnant muscles. Round marks or red marks are sometimes left after cupping. These usually disappear after 1-7days. A combination of acupuncture and cupping will help in the adhesions or scar tissue and thereby improve the recovery stage of the condition.
TCM Pediatric Tuina Massage
TCM Pediatric tuina massage, or Chinese infant massage, has been used for thousands of years in the East to keep kids healthy and treat illness. This type of massage is largely unknown.
Using pediatric tuina massage on your infant or child can stimulate the body to heal itself and correct minor imbalances before they become major problems. In traditional Chinese medicine, the foundation of a healthy immune system is built upon the food the child eats and the nutrients derived from it. Thus, many of the techniques recommended for general wellness focus on strengthening the digestive system. Tuina massage is safe to use in newborns, infants, toddlers and children up to age 12, although it is most effective in children 5 and under. Ideally Children Tuina Massage for wellness should be done once daily if not at least once a week.
Physiologically and pathologically, the child is different from the adult. Hence, child physiotherapy in terms of nature and techniques are different from adult physiotherapy.
In treating a sick child, the therapist uses her hands, employing various physiotherapy techniques on the acupressure points of the child’s limbs and body, to achieve recovery. If necessary, physiotherapy is augmented by herbal medicine treatment.
Gua sha is typically performed by rubbing a smooth-edged instrument across the skin surface where a subcutaneous injury or imbalance resides. When treatment is effective, distinctive reddening of the skin, known as sha, is observed. This is a positive response and brings the immediate and lasting benefit of dispelling wind, reducing heat and inflammation, eliminating coldness, and releasing pain from the superficial and deeper levels of the body.
Gua sha is used to treat many acute and chronic health problems including colds and flu, fever, headache, indigestion, dizziness, injury, joint pain, fibromyalgia and heat exhaustion. It is also commonly performed to relax tight and aching muscles and to relieve tiredness and fatigue. The stroking action of gua sha to the points and channels can also be practised as a health enhancement method.
TCM Food Therapy
TCM Food Therapy is one of the 5 major branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Different kinds of foods can be used as treatments for various ailments. Before suggesting a therapeutic diet, there are many factors to consider: the patient’s constitution, the nature of the patient’s illness and type of syndrome, and even the season and climate. The proper diet for the patient is based on all of these factors, not just upon the disease alone.
A prescribed diet can be used not only for treating disease, but also for maintaining a person’s good health. Garlic, for example, can be used to treat indigestion, diarrhea, dysentery, and whooping cough. But because garlic kills bacteria, detoxifies poisons, strengthens the stomach and promotes digestion, it has also been known to prevent flu and epidemic encephalomyelitis. Fortunately, most of the foods and herbs used in diet therapy have a good taste and are pleasant to take.
Sub-health condition is defined by the World Health Organization as a state between health and disease when all necessary physical and chemical indexes are tested negative by medical equipment, things seem normal but the person experiences all kind of discomfiture and even pain.
It is a grey period between healthy conditions and disease or unhealthy condition.
According to W.H.O 70% of people are in Sub-Health condition. 45% of Sub-Healthy people are middle-aged or elderly. The % is even higher among people in management positions as well as students around exam time.
Main syndromes is manifested by:
dizziness with headache or poor vision
shoulder and back soreness
lack of concentration
proneness to flu and cold
depression and fright
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been gaining popularity as a modality for treating sub-health. Its ability to boost body immunity and enhance internal harmony gives it a distinct advantage in managing sub-health conditions.
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