TCM treatment is aimed at the root of the condition, as well as the symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent promotion to good health.
In China and other far eastern cultures, acupuncture features in mainstream healthcare, either on its own or used in combination with conventional western medicine.
Many people use acupuncture for specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing, that is, physical, mental and emotional. Our health is dependent on the body’s energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels called meridians beneath the skin. This energy known as Chi or Qi (as in Tai Chi or Qigong) can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger, or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, trauma and overwork. When the Qi is unbalanced, illness may result.
Fine sterilised single-use needles are inserted at chosen points along the meridians or in 'knotted' areas to affect the Qi. The aim is to stimulate our body’s own healing response and so restore its natural balance.
A battery operated electrical pulse generating device is sometimes attached by wires to the acupuncture needles (electro-acupuncture) to treat certain conditions.
Other techniques such as cupping are sometimes incorporated into the acupuncture treatment.
Tui Na (推拿) Massage
'Tui Na' (translated 'push grasp') is a form of manipulative massage therapy. Tui Na has a long development history with literature dating back to 475 BC.
Tui Na utilises the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture points. It is particularly effective for treating muscle and tendon injuries and also for relieving stress. Tui Na massage can be used as an alternative to acupuncture. However, the combination of Tui Na with acupuncture can yield better results and improve healing times.
Chinese Herbal Medicine (中藥學)
Chinese Herbal Medicine involves the use of combinations of herbs which are designed to correct a particular condition of the individual. The Chinese Materia Medica contains several hundred commonly used ingredients, including roots, stems, flowers, leaves and barks, together with some non-plant materials. The principle is that a balance of ingredients with certain properties is matched to the individual patient's pattern.
Chinese Herbal Medicine may be administered in a variety of ways. Traditionally a 'tea' is made up by the patient by boiling the prescribed raw herbs. More commonly it is prescribed as concentrated powders (to be made up like a 'hot chocolate drink') or as a ready made formula in 'tea pill' form (small round tablets) for convenience. Chinese herbal teas tend to be bitter, but most people get accustomed to them quickly.
External preparations are also used, including creams, ointments and washes for skin conditions, and compresses for traumatised tissue.
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