Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient Asian system of healing that focuses on achieving internal balance. TCM practitioners use methods such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle counseling, massage (Tuina) as well as exercises such as tai chi and qigong to restore the flow of Qi (vital energy) and the balance of yin and yang to the body. TCM diagnosis is based on examination of the pulse and tongue as well as observation and extensive question asking.
In Chinese Medicine, it is the individual that is being treated, not the disease. Therefore, two people with a similar condition may receive different treatments as their symptoms stem from different root causes. Chinese Medicine seeks to find the root of the problem and treats imbalances from there. TCM views health as a state of harmony and balance between mind, body and spirit.
TCM can be used to treat virtually any type of ailment as it seeks to bring balance back to the body. By bringing the body back to a state of balance, symptoms lessen or disappear all together.
Some common conditions treated by TCM are:
- Digestive imbalances
- Body aches & pains
- Post-partum conditions
- Labour preparation and support
- Menopausal symptoms
- Allergies and asthma
- PMS and irregular periods
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In TCM, by focusing on the individual and the root imbalance, health can be restored allowing you to feel stronger, healthier and more vital.
A TCM examination is thorough, but noninvasive. The practitioner will take a careful family and personal medical history, noting your body’s reaction to stress and stimuli such as heat and cold. She or he will observe the colour and form of your face and body, note the condition of your skin and nails, and look at your posture and even listen to the sound of your voice. The condition of your tongue (its shape, colour and coating) also provides important data on the way your circulation and metabolism is affecting your internal organs. Your pulse will be felt at three different points on each wrist, each location corresponding to a different part of the body. Considered together, this information gives the practitioner a sense of your body’s current functioning. A treatment plan will usually include a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet modifications and lifestyle counseling.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process It is a safe, painless and effective treatment for the face and whole body. Fine lines may be entirely erased, deeper lines reduced and bags around the eyes and neck tightened and firmed Fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points on the face, neck and around the eyes to stimulate blood flow or Qi (pronounced “chee”) circulation increasing collagen production, reducing muscle tension (which contributes to the formation of wrinkles) and increasing circulation.
- Reduces stress and promotes total health and well-being
- Improves muscle tone and dermal contraction
- Increases collagen production
- Reduces bags under the eyes
- Reduction of sagging, jowls and drooping eyelids
- Decreased puffiness around the face
- Improves metabolism
- Helps eliminate fine lines and diminish larger wrinkles
- Helps balance hormones improving hormonal acne or dry skin
- Improves local blood and lymph circulation
- Moistens the skin through increased circulation to the face
- Tightens pores
- Improves facial colour and radiance through increased circulation
- Reduces age spots
- Reduces muscle tension and stress in the face
A course of treatment involves ten sessions done twice per week over five weeks. Maintenance visits are recommended once per month or once every two months to keep the skin improving and help the initial sessions last. Results last from 2 to 5 years depending on the individual.
Acupuncture is A branch of Chinese Medicine yhat involves inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points to treat various health problems.
The classic Eastern explanation for how acupuncture works is that channels of energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These channels or meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to nourish the tissues. There are 14 major acupuncture meridians and each of these is believed to be associated with a particular part of the body. An obstruction or blockage in the movement of Qi creates imbalance and/or pain in the body and can lead to disease. By manipulating the needles in a certain way, the practitioner is able to bring energy to areas that are lacking or create flow in areas that are blocked, bringing a sense of balance back to the body. Most people feel very relaxed during and after the treatment.
Herbal medicine is a major aspect of Traditional Chinese medicine, and is used to restore balance by nourishing the body.
In China, there are over 3,200 herbs, 300 mineral and animal extracts, and over 400 formulas used. Herbs have different properties (hot, cold, upward moving, downward moving, bitter, sweet, etc.), all which perform a different action on the body. Following traditional diagnosis methods a basic pattern or root imbalance is identified. Once this pattern has been identified, various herbs and herbal formulae are then prescribed which have been shown to be effective in treating the specific pattern.
Herbs can be taken with western drugs and supplements. The have no side effects when taken properly and can be used independently or in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. Herbal formulas come in tablet or pill form as well as teas and tinctures.
According to Chinese Medicine, every food has different temperatures, flavours and properties associated with it. In Chinese Medicine we work with the individual and their particular pattern to help them to focus on foods that will aid in their healing and eliminate the ones that could hinder it. We eat food every day so what we eat and even how we eat it is crucial to our recovery. Each person is unique and therefore food cures are designed for the individual and will be modified as the person’s body and condition changes.
Chinese herbal medicine developed with Chinese culture from tribal roots. By 200 BC, Traditional Chinese Medicine was firmly established, and by the first century AD, a listing of medicinal herbs ad herbal formulations had been developed.
Ancient Chinese Physicians recognized that the body provides sensate signals about the nature of a potential problem even though they did not understand the structure of cells and the nervous system. These signals are perceived as symptoms such as abnormal temperature sensations, altered thirst and appetite, and emotional state just to name a few. Chinese physicians created a precise system for describing the properties of herbs, acupuncture points, foods, climate and other environmental factors in terms of how these alter an individual’s entire set of symptoms and perceptions, and therefore his or her health.