4,000 years to refine a health care system. Not bad! Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture is a holistic approach to health, based on the principles of functional balance, preventative medicine and understanding the impact of the environment and lifestyle factors on health.
Applying that knowledge to general health is my passion. Empowering people to better understand themselves and their environment paves the way for better health.
So what are you waiting for? A holistic approach can make all the difference!
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of healthcare dating back thousands of years. It incorporates the modalities of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Remedial Massage (Tui Na) including cupping and spoon massage (Gua Sha), moxabustion as well as diet and lifestyle advice.
TCM is based on the principle that everybody has Qi (pronounced chee) or energy and this Qi flows through your meridians who in turn nourish your body’s organs, tissues and mind. When a person has an abundance of Qi, they are healthy. When the quantity, supply or movement of that Qi is compromised, this leads to patterns of disharmony. This can be due to factors such as emotional stress, overwork, poor diet, poor rest, poor exercise and just as importantly; environmental change.
In consultation, you will be asked questions relating to your general health and history. Anything from sleep to appetite, medications etc..and then they will look at either or both your pulse and tongue. These are the most fundamental diagnostics we have. As one of my lecturers once said “the tongue never lies”. They are the 2 true unbiased representations of your body’s state of health. The beat is measured in many ways on both sides of the wrist to feel the depth, strength, pace and nature or texture. The tongue is observed for its colour, shape, markings and coating. Between these 2 methods alone the practitioner can determine quite a lot about the body’s digestive processes, immunity, circulation and more!
Acupuncture is my favourite. It’s often simple and quick to do and the results can be instaneous or just a matter of hours.It has also stood the test of time, having been recorded in China more than 2000 years ago, this health method has become a well refined health modality.
It involves tapping sterile (and single use) needles into the skin at specific points (called acupoints) in order to stimulate them in a certain way. In so doing, one can stimulate the energy of the meridian that the acupoint lays on and encourage movement of blockage and therefor promote the good regular flow of Qi and Blood through the body.
Acupoints are selected not just based on their local area of influence but on a whole variety of theories. The organ relationships of the body play a huge role in how one should support and heal a body in disharmony. The spleen is the mother of the lungs for example, according to the generating cycle of the Five Elements, and so in weak lung cases, it is often appropriate to use the energy of the Spleen to help supplement that of the weakened Lung. Acupoints can warm, move, cool, hold, soothe, invigorate, purge, downward descend and so much more. The art is in the combination that’s just perfect for you..
Why not experience acupuncture for yourself?