What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine includes all oriental traditions
emerging from Southeast Asia that have their origins in China.
Practitioners may work within a tradition that comes from Japan,
Vietnam, Taiwan or Korea. It is a complete medical system that is
capable of treating a very wide range of conditions. It includes
herbal therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy, and exercises in
breathing and movement (tai chi and qi gong). Some or several of
these may be employed in the course of treatment
Chinese herbal medicine, along with the other
components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin
and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which
the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be
undermined and the ways in which a person's Qi or vitality may be
depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis
of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.
However, the tradition as a whole places great
emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease
before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognizes that health is more
than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to
maintain and enhance our capacity for well being and happiness.
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leaves and/or fresh roots may be used in their natural form, but
they also may be found in tablet form, capsules, bark pieces,
powders, liquid beverages, extracts, tinctures, lotions, creams,
salves, or oils. Whole dried roots or leaves are available.
APPLICATIONS: Some ways herbs can be used.
- Compress: Soak a cloth in a cool herb solution, then
apply directly to the injured area.
- Decoction: Make a tea from the root, seed, berry, or
bark of the herb plant. Simmer the tea, do not boil.
- Essential Oils: Oils are distilled from plants or by
cold extraction. Usually they are mixed with vegetable oil or
water and used as an inhalant, douche, or tea. Also, they may be
used as eyewash, earwash, mouthwash, or used externally for
massage, and to treat cuts and abrasions. Essential oils easily
and readily combine with the natural fats and oils of the skin.
- Extracts: Place the herbs in a solvent and soak,
allowing the solution to evaporate. This solution is the most
effective form of using herbs when severely or acutely ill.
Tui Na is the traditional system of Chinese style physical therapy
or massage. It is used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance
treatments in a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions.
Na treat patients for joint and muscle pathologies, insomnia,
hypertension, headaches, toothaches, stomachaches, neuralgia's,
etc. Tui Na is one of the most popular treatment
modalities due to its effectiveness and comfort level.
Cupping is a technique where a glass cup or bamboo jar is
suctioned onto the body and allowed to sit for about ten minutes.
This technique stimulates circulation, relieves swelling, and
greatly enhances an acupuncture or Electro-acupuncture treatment.
Cupping is used for many conditions including; back pain, shoulder
pain, neck pain, common colds and influenza.