Traditional Chinese Medicine Explained


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a safe and proven modality that has been practised for more than 4,000 years, making it one of the oldest natural therapies known to humankind.
 
MoxaWoman.gif - largeTCM comprises four main therapies:
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal treatment
  • Moxibustion, an intense heat treatment involving the burning of special herbs called moxa
  • Tui Na, a type of remedial massage
Centuries of use ensures that TCM has none of the adverse side effects associated with some medications.
 
Acupuncture provides effective treatment for a range of disorders that Western medicine may not help, particularly chronic and painful conditions.

TCM View of Health

TCM defines health as a state of harmony between our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Any disorder is viewed as a disruption to the flow of energy or Qi (pronounced ?chee?) in our bodies. In Chinese philosophy, a body is perfect harmony is represented by the Yin Yang symbol.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, hair-thin needles into the body at precise points to treat specific disorders. These points are located along energy pathways or meridians that run through out bodies. Manipulating the needles frees energy ?blockages? and restores our energy balance.
 
Acupuncture is sometimes teamed with a heat treatment called moxibustion as well as Tui Na. Herbs - another important branch of TCM - are often use in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.
 
Is Acupuncture Dangerous?
 
Acupuncture is not dangerous. Modern acupuncturists use sterilised, disposable needles. Each needle is individually wrapped for your protection.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

When an acupuncture point in the body is stimulated, the patient should feel a heavy, tingling sensation. Most people do not mind the mild stimulation generated by the acupuncture needle because the benefits of the treatment are quickly felt. Any discomfort experienced by the patient is usually mild. 

How Deep Do Needles Go?

The needles are inserted in the skin to depths ranging from 0.25 cm to 2 cm. The depth of penetration depends on the disorder, the patient's size, age and constitution.
 
Treating Sports/Work Injuries

Acupuncture offers a faster, more effective and pain-free way of treating sports and work injuries. Acupuncture lessens bruising and reduces swelling, inflammation and pain. It also increases the range of movement in injured joints, such as fingers, toes, feet, knees, hips, back, neck and shoulders; decreases muscle spasms; disperses ?corking? in muscles; and cuts healing time dramatically by improving blood supply. Acupuncture also enhances performance and speed your return to work or the sports field.
 
Do Health Funds Cover Acupuncture?

Most health funds offer rebates for acupuncture treatments. To find out your annual entitlement for acupuncture treatments, contact your health fund.
 
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture combines acupuncture with skin treatments. Our practitioner is highly specialised in both therapies. Acupuncture works internally to improve the overall metabolism of the body. This can delay the ageing process or improve the overall condition of the body by boosting the circulation of energy and skin nutrients.

Skin treatments works externally to enhance the condition of the skin. Cosmetic acupuncture treatment are used for acne, non-surgical facelifts (that can make you look up to 10 years younger), pigmentation, scars and blemishes as well as weight loss. Cosmetic acupuncture can be carried out with conventional needles or with a laser
 
TCMHerbs.jpg - largeWhat is Chinese Herbalism?

Chinese herbalism involves the use of herbs to treat and prevent mental, physical and emotional ill-health. Herbs can support acupuncture treatment or be used on their own for conditions such as viral infections, gynaecological problems and blood disorders like anaemia or menstrual problems. These conditions are best treated with Chinese herbal medicine. Herbs are prescribed to exert a specific effect on the meridians and organs responsible for the imbalance, thereby rebalancing the Qi, blood and one of five associated elements.


Do Herbs Have Side Effects?

An experienced herbalist is able to prescribe accurately herbs that do not produce side effects.

WHO's Saying What About Acupuncture?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognise that acupuncture can help a wide range of disorders. They include:
 
Stress Symptoms

Depression, sleep disorders, anxiety attacks, impotence, sweating, teeth grinding, mood swings, obsessive behaviour, allergies, bad temper, stiff neck, stiff shoulders, insomnia, hair loss, greying hair.
 
Neurological & Musculo-skeletal Disorders

Migraine, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, ringing in ears, dizziness, post-stroke rehabilitation, spasms, sports injuries, arthritis, sciatica, muscle or joint pain, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, spurs, paralysis, cerebral palsy.
 
Gynaecological Disorders

Pre-menstrual tension (PMT), menstrual pain, irregular menstrual cycles, post-natal conditions, lactation, menopause, endometriosis, infertility, weight loss, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, uterine bleeding, fibroids.
 
Skin Disorders

Acne, psoriasis, blackheads, eczema, dermatitis, allergies.
 
Digestive and Intestinal Disorders

Constipation, diarrhoea, ulcers, reflux, poor appetite, anorexia nervosa, indigestion, over-eating, haemorrhoids, lack of energy, gastric, dysentery, irritable bowel syndrome.
 
Respiratory Disorders

Sinus, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, influenza, tonsillitis, congested throat, hoarseness, shortness of breath.
 
Paediatric/Child Disorders

Bed wetting, poor appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting, ADD, hyperactivity, poor concentration.
 
Allergies/Immunity

Hay fever, asthma, sinus, rashes.
 
Circulation Disorders

Aversion to cold and wind, cold hands and feet, numb and tingling limbs, swelling oedema, fluid/urine retention, varicose veins.
 
Mouth, Eye & Ear Disorders

Blurred vision, eye infections, herpes simplex, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, toothache, sore tongue, bad breath, tinnitus.
 
Heart Condition/High Cholesterol

Hypertension, high/low blood pressure, high cholesterol, alcohol/smoking/drug addiction.
 
To find out more about acupuncture and TCM visit, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association at www.aacma.com.au or the Australian Traditional Medicine Society at www.atms.com.au
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Acupuncture model

 
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Acupuncture

 
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Chinese herbs

 
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Acupuncture points