About Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine is an ancient healing science that encompasses several forms of treatment. It has been used for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries safely and effectively. It is based on the concept that the body is Energy and this energy flows through the body to keep it balanced, healthy and whole. When the Energy or Qi (pronounced “Chee”) is blocked it produces imbalances with in the body which manifest as dysfunction or dis-ease. To unblock and improve the smooth flow of Qi, we use acupuncture, moxabustion, tuina, cupping, and herbs.
Acupuncture is the use of tiny sterile needles that are inserted into specific points along the body to unblock the Qi where it may be stuck. Each point sends a specific message and when points are combined in a treatment they tell the body to do what it was designed to do, which is to heal itself. When there is a smooth flow of Qi, there is Health, when there is blockage, there is disease. Because the whole Being is treated, often treatment of one specific ailment will improve other aspects of health as well. No side effects here, just side benefits! It is one of the safest healing methods known and acupuncturists have the lowest malpractice rates and claims of any other medical practice out there.
Moxibustion is the use of the herb known as mugwort. Mugwort has a bioenergetic quality that allows the body to absorb it and use it for additional healing. It is most often burned in a cigar type tube and gently and slowly moved over specific points along the body. (It doesn’t touch you or burn you.) The points absorb the energy of the moxa and this encourages the Qi in your body to move and help the body heal. This is often used when a person is very depleted energetically and needs an additional boost or they are energetically cold.
Cupping is a technique that has been used in cultures around the globe for thousands of years. It is a wonderful way to safely pull toxins up out of the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Cupping technique is designed to pull toxic build up and muscle spasm from deeper tissues of the body to the surface of the skin. In ancient times people used pieces of horn to cup. Today we use glass or plastic cups that create a vacuum seal that pulls the blockages to the surface.
Physical pain is an indication of energy blockage, a physical blockage, or both. Often when toxin accumulation is present, so is pain. When energy and blood flow become limited, it is very hard for the body to repair itself. By utilizing cupping technique, we can remove the blockage and pull toxins to the surface where the capillary system can easily carry off waste to be excreted. In addition to carrying off waste, fresh blood is brought to the area cupped and with this the area is vitalized and undergoes the first stages of healing.
Chinese medicine also uses herbs to help the body heal on an internal and external level. Taken internally, Chinese herbs are designed specifically for what is happening in the body. They may be warming or cooling and may have the property of moving Qi up or down in the body depending on what is needed.
Externally Chinese herbs are applied to areas of dysfunction with a plaster or poultice or may be in a liquid form that is spread on the injured area. These herbs are often used in place of ice for acute injuries (and work far better than ice!) because they move Blood and Qi that is causing the swelling and pain. Other herbs are used after acute injuries to help warm the area and continue the healing process.