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What Is Qi Gong?

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According to ancient Chinese philosophy, Qi Gong or Chi-Kung is an age-old Chinese system of meditations, breathing techniques, exercises, and postures. Its techniques are meant to enhance and improve the chi or vital energy of the body. Chinese traditional philosophy states that chi is the fundamental vital energy responsible for vitality and health.

Qi Gong is believed to be around five to seven thousand years old. It was handed down in secrecy for many generations among teachers and monks it also survived the Chinese Cultural Revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s that prohibited a lot of traditional practices. In the 1980’s, these methods were brought to the West to encourage longevity, promote self healing, and to prevent illness. Presently, millions of people practice Qi Gong throughout the world. This ancient art inspires you to find what works best for your system.

Qi Gong has very much influenced the martial arts so much so that many of them evolved from it. Acupressure and Marlton acupuncture also use the same energy channels or meridians in the body. Acupoints that Qi Gong practice stimulates and clears.

Chi represents the vital energy that creates life. It is derived in sunlight, food, and in the air. Chi is the invisible vital energy in the body that sustains life.

Gong means movement.

Qi Gong: working with life energy and moving the energies.

The movements are meant to promote the circulation of chi in the body, which stimulates the self-healing processes of the body. Illness or pain occurs when this “significant flow” of energy is blocked. It’s the constant practice of Chi flow that enhances a person’s circulation of energy and gives him longevity and vitality. The exercises can be performed by old and young, the less able and the able; in short by everyone.


Qi Gong can be utilized as a regular routine to boost well-being and overall health, as well as for longevity and disease prevention. It can be used to reduce stress and increase energy. It generates balance, develops feelings of well being, strength, and health, and enhances the energies of the body. Qi Gong makes use of the natural functions of the body to heal chronic back and joint problems; develop stamina, coordination, and flexibility, and to release stress. The primary objective of Qi Gong is to store and develop Chi. Qi Gong is used in China along with other healing modalities for various chronic conditions, including heart disease, strokes, mental illness, depression, headaches, cancer, AIDS, allergies, and asthma. The constant practice of Qi gong enhances your flow of energy and gives you longevity and vitality.

Practicing Qi Gong

Qi Gong is made up of mental exercises, breathing techniques, movements, andpostures. Mind exercises and meditations are utilized to move chi throughout the body and enhance the mind. These exercises are called visualizations that allow you to concentrate on different parts of your body. The “Inner Smile” is one example of a Qi Gong mental exercise. The movements and postures are meant to tone, stretch, and strengthen the body to bolster the flow of energy. Postures may involve lying down, sitting, or standing.

Qi Gong exercises are cumulative. The benefits only increase as one practices Qi Gong throughout the year. As you practice, your body will become stronger and more relaxed and your spirits and health will also improve.

Qi Gong is for you if you want to:

  • Enhance your personal well being
  • Improve your health
  • Feel relaxed and happy
  • Feel packed with energy

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August 20th, 2019 at 9:18 pm

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Women’s Health And Chinese Medicine

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For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has clearly understood women’s health, and the problems that beset it. Today, this holistic healing system to well-being and health is an extremely effective way in treating health problems concerning women including all types of menstrual-associated maladies such as depression, mood swings, headaches, and cramping.

Childbirth-Related Issues

Post-partum depression – The full spectrum health problems affecting women throughout their reproductive and post-reproductive years

Customized Treatment

The basic foundational approach to health maintenance and disease prevention of Chinese medicine lies in the uniqueness of each person, and there’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to disease and illnesses in this system. For instance, Chinese herbal formulas that can answer specific needs of young women as well as other formulas designed to treat conditions experienced by women in their post-reproductive years are available.

Unique Problems

Women’s reproductive systems are susceptible to unique health problems. Women as a group, for instance, have greater rates of kidney-related illnesses and problems than men, problems Chinese medicine addresses effectively via a combo of Chinese nutrition and diet, Qi Gong, acupressure, Austin acupuncture, and herbal remedies. These are all effective treatments minus the side effects.

The Power of Oriental Medicine

One case showing the effectiveness of Chinese medicine as it relates to the health of women can be seen in a thirty-two year old woman whose menstrual cycle prematurely stops. Chinese medicine has diagnostic techniques that can determine the reason for the cessation of her menstruation, and healing methods for getting it to function anew.

A Better Quality of Life

Chinese medicine is an extremely helpful way to address unique health issues affecting women. It helps them to maintain and regain a unique feeling of health and wellbeing.

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August 20th, 2019 at 9:13 pm

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Practicing Qigong On A Daily Basis

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The Energy inside your body is circulating constantly. It fills all internal systems and all living cells. The flow of this energy can slow down due to the stresses of modern day living. Physical challenges and mental stress can obstruct the flow of vital energy. This movement of vital energy will cease to reach and fill important systems over time. Constricted, stressed muscles create rushed and stiff movements that block the continual, natural movement of vital energy. These abrupt, rigid motions may drain your vital energy and cause you to be sluggish. Easy rhythmic motions, however, can be continued with beneficial effects over longer periods of time.

Whether you’re at work, sleeping, at home or traveling, there are certain periods in the day when you can utilize the basic way of life inspired by regular Qigong exercises. They not only can help you relax, they can also help you refocus and refresh with improved strength. There can be a number of ways you can perform a simple exercise so subtly that no one will notice it. All you need to do is to perform Qigong movements and postures to the situations you find yourself in every day. The channels of your vital energy will open, making your motions less prone to mishap and more relaxed creating less stress and more harmony in your body.

You can also reduce the anxiety in your body everyday by observing the way you do things. When you write a letter or brush your teeth, are your arm muscles tensed? Do you apply a lot of pressure when you use a tool? When we’re aware of our actions we can learn that with a little effort, we can generate flowing faultless movements that’s totally in control and full of energy, while full of strength.

Practicing Qigong on a daily basis can open the flow of vital energy to our whole system and enhance this consciousness. When you make this a daily habit, it eventually becomes a part of your everyday life. Because of vital energy’s or chi’s nature, we really end up teaching others and ourselves about it. A Qi
Gong teacher can serve as a guide and can help you put into practice so that you can develop your skill with your chi, although learning about vital energy really comes as you encounter it yourself. A capable teacher is one who comprehends the energy channel and has developed along it himself.

Megan Dauphin is a California board certified acupuncturist and herbalist, with specialty certifications in infertility, sport’s medicine, and orthopedics.

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August 13th, 2019 at 12:48 am

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Five Causes of Kidney Yang Deficiency In Women

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Sometime during their child bearing years, all women suffer from menstrual problems prior to menopause. While Western medicine has never considered menstrual problems to be an issue of women’s reproductive system, TCM or traditional Chinese medicine in Overland Park takes this condition seriously. If these menstrual conditions are left untreated, it can disrupt the harmony of a woman’s system, resulting in infertility, nervousness and other health problems.

  1. Aging

We may not be able to stop the biological process of aging, but we surely can delay it. Youth, by nature, is yang and the slow depletion of yang qi causes us to age slowly.

  1. Frequent sexual activity

Too much sexual activity depletes the kidney jing resulting in kidney yang and jing deficiency which disrupts the kidney’s normal function in regulating the natural process of conception. In serious cases, it can lead to menstrual problems or even infertility.

  1. Too much exercise

Exercise is good if you know the limitation of your body and if it is done properly. Over-exercising pushes your body over the limit and depletes your kidney yang resulting in deficient kidney yang.

  1. Life style

There are people who love to go outside during rainy weather, swim in cold water, consume raw foods, drink cold water drink taken straight from the refrigerator, etc. Doing any one of these things causes the extra yang in your body to be used up in order to neutralize the effect of the cold, which can lead to yang qi deficiency.

  1. Colding effect

Kidney yang deficiency can ensue when you’ve been consuming cold foods for a long period of time. By nature, cold foods are yin. When we eat cold food our body uses up a lot of yang energy in order to digest the food which depletes our yang qi.

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August 13th, 2019 at 12:41 am

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Studies Show Gua Sha Therapy To Be An Ideal Treatment For Chronic Pain

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When it comes to instant relief of pain, there is growing evidence that gua sha, a traditional form of Chinese medicine in Winter Park in which the skin is scraped by a blunt instrument, can be quite effective.

Gua sha therapy is a 2,000-year-old form of treatment, used by Chinese mothers for generations as a domestic remedy to heal sick children. It is now used all over Southeast Asia by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, and in immigrant Asian communities throughout the world.

Over 120 clinical studies have been done on gua sha therapy since 2005, most of them focusing on the treatment of chronic back pain and other painful, musculoskeletal conditions. Harvard researchers, in 2009, discovered that the therapy has potential immunological and anti-inflammatory qualities. Another study performed in 2011, revealed that gua sha lessened liver inflammation in patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B.

Recently, research investigating the healing qualities of gua sha on 40 patients with chronic lower back and neck pain was featured in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine. The volunteer subjects were designated randomly to either a waiting list control group or a treatment group that was solely treated with gua sha.

A week after treatment, the two groups were evaluated. Compared to the control group, the subjects in the gua sha treatment group experienced better health status and significant reduction of their pain. However, enhanced pain sensitivity was reported in patients with chronic neck pain but not in the patients with lower back pain. The researchers believed the difference was due to higher sensitivity to pressure in the neck region.

One research team member from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Romy Lauche, recalled that several patients experienced continuous relief for more than a week, and one anxious participant showed surprising results. Lauche recounted a woman with a back pain scale of seven (with ten being the most painful on a 10-point scale of pain) came back for assessment without any pain. Having evaluated the woman prior to and after treatment, he could see that gua sha had cured all the woman’s muscle tension. In a phone interview, Lauche said, the evidence of tense muscles had vanished.”

Like any other forms of alternative and complementary treatments, gua sha is not without controversy. This is due mostly to the seemingly and distinctive intense marks that are the trademarks of the therapy. These marks are called petechiae and they’re neither rashes nor bruises. The petechiae appear severe enough to scare lots of patients away, patients who are seeking for a drug-free and natural alternative form of pain relief.

In 2001, a Hong Kong film entitled Gua Sha Treatment helped some people rectify their misconception about the therapy. Gua Sha Treatment starred Tony Leung and it involved a tale about Chinese-American immigrants who had to deal with cultural misunderstanding when a physician discovered the brutal gua sha marks on a young boy and reported it to the authorities. Since the movie catered to the American people, it had a happy ending. In reality however, not all gua sha procedures end up well.

Hong Kong resident Annie Tong received gua sha therapy ten years ago in a clinic in Kowloon. She still recounts her ordeal. “It was painful, and my back was as red as a radish.” The pain lasted for days, and I found little relief. I wouldn’t try gua sha again”.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, Dr Gladys Leung says that gua sha therapy need not be painful. The entire gua sha experience of the patient will depend on the patient’s sensitivity to pain and communication between the therapist and the patient. She said, “The therapist may be administering the technique too vigorously without asking any feedback from the patient.”

In Singapore, acupuncture specialist and traditional Chinese practitioner expert Wu Yue, says that for various for degrees of patient pain, there are various corresponding degrees of firmness. “It will be based on the degree of stagnation in chi and the level of blood flow.” A vigorous stroke may be applied for extremely blocked chi indicated by extremely tense muscles.”

In New York, acupuncture director of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Centre, Dr Arya Nielsen, wrote a book about basic gua sha treatment. She headed a study to validate the reliability of gua sha therapy in the treatment of pain and deems the technique “a simple miracle of medicine.”

Dr. Nielsen has issued safety guidelines for cupping and gua sha procedures in order to elevate the quality of practice standards and to reduce risks. She believes that during a cupping or gua sha session, pain should not be a part of a patient’s experience.

The bruises caused by gua sha are perhaps the biggest misapprehensions about the treatment. Nielsen says, “Since bruising suggests injury and traumatic bleeding to the tissue, gua sha does not cause bruising because the reddish marks that appear after a session of gua sha indicate the movement of red blood cells in the skin tissue surface and not injury to the tissue.”

“When blood stagnancy develops (manifesting as recurring, persistent, or fixed pain), gua sha will force the cells to go ‘outside’ the vessels, but these cells will be immediately reabsorbed into the body.”

Gua sha alleviates pain, increases the flow of blood and enhances the function of the nervous system. Special oil is applied on the site of treatment during the procedure to relax, protect, and detoxify the body based on the needs of the patient. The therapist starts the process by scraping the skin with a blunt-edged instrument usually made from animal horn, jade, or metal.

These days, protocol demands that the gua sha instruments be disposable or sterilized to prevent infection.

The manner of press-stroking is repeated until the red dots or petechiae appear and the stroking is unidirectional. Based on the petechiae’s color, the therapist will know if the blood stagnation is chronic (purplish to dark red to black) or recent (lighter red). The marks usually vanish entirely within three days to a week.

Patients may experience a variety of symptoms after the treatment. According to Nielsen, the patient may notice, “An instant relief in pain, less likelihood to wheeze, vomit, or feel nauseated, and an increased range of motion in the joints and muscles”.

Dr. Nielsen warns that the therapy should not be administered on areas where there are pimples, moles, wounds, rash, or sunburn. Many physicians believe that the treatment should also not be given to people suffering from certain cancers and those with diabetes as well as on pregnant women. Nielsen however disagrees with this, stating that “Gua sha generates an immune response that helps protect the internal organs”.

A systematic review of controlled clinical trials of gua sha was done by researchers from the Korean Institute of Oriental Medicine. The results were published in the BioMed Central journal in 2010.

The researchers studied eleven databases and discovered 7 trials, 3 of which reported beneficial effects on pain reduction but were compromised due to poor quality of research. They concluded, “Recent evidence to prove that gua sha effectively works in the management of pain is not enough.”

A few years back, German researchers published another study in the Pain Medicine journal. In the study, they randomly designated 48 patients suffering from chronic pain in the neck to either one local thermal heat pad treatment or one gua sha treatment. They followed up a week later.

The results of the study showed that gua sha led to positive short-term benefits on functional status and pain in patients with chronic neck pain; its long-term value, however, remains to be seen.

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July 30th, 2019 at 12:56 pm

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The Role Of Chi In The Art Of Feng Shui

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Chi is one of those words that, like aloha in Hawaiian, can have more than one different meaning in modern English. Chi can mean breath, life force, or energy. It can also mean vapor, an attractive figurative variant of its original definition. Having said that, we immediately understand why this concept is extremely vital in understanding the art of feng shui.

Chi also can have a much larger meaning, one that is very much more than the totality of its parts. It is “breath energy” of unseen force that’s very much felt radiating life through and into all living things.

This is the reason chi is considered a central factor in the practice of feng shui, in other Oriental traditions, and most importantly, in Chinese medicine. While Western physicians normally treat a symptom, Chinese doctors aim to rectify or treat the entire body in order to make it perform at its optimum and to remove one or more medical conditions at any given time.

People who regularly receive shiatsu massage or acupuncture in Orlando already knows what chi is. These two techniques are both grounded on the existence of a web of energy channels that radiate all over the body – energy channels (that are called meridians) whose flow needs to run smoothly if chi is to work optimally and if we are to feel our best.

While blood transports nutrients and oxygen, chi conveys dreams, emotions, ideas, and thoughts. The way that you think and what you think is a significant factor that affects the outcomes in our lives. This is much more profound than the cliché and overused trope of “power of positive thinking”.

This is so because chi is way more than a belief or principle; it actually is a real energy force that permeates all inanimate objects and living things. Therefore, managing our chi has everything to do with the sadness, joy, or failure that we experience in our everyday lives.

What causes negative chi and what are its effects on humans? Here are three conspicuous examples.

  1. Rapid moving chi – Chi that flows faster than normal (the type of chi that you can feel on super windy days) can make a person fearful of personal attack, paranoid, and excessively talkative.
  1. Strong chi (similar to the one that produced drafts and dampness) – Depending on the person, a strong chi can lead to two opposite personalities: One without direction or with depression or one who is overexcited or suffers from excessive emotion.
  1. Negative chi – This is caused by artificial energy (such as air conditioning) and excessive light. Negative chi can lead to physical and mental fatigue.

Just as position and placement are essential in acquiring in our physical environments, the best possible flow of chi, so too does our physical countenance. The food we eat, as well as the manner we wear makeup and dress, can have a direct impact on our chi.

And, Why is our Chi so Important?

According to TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, the unfettered circulation of chi in our body is contingent to our wellbeing and good health. Eastern medicine, unlike Western medicine that addresses health symptoms, treats the whole body. Therefore, finding a way to help unblock our chi is the most important factor in achieving psychological and physical health.

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July 30th, 2019 at 12:53 pm

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What Type Of Massage Therapeutic Technique Works Best For You?

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Do you suffer from variable blood pressure, back pain? If so, you ought to consult with a massage therapist. Just a simple basic massage can give you relief not only from chronic back pain but also from pain caused by injuries or wounds. Massage therapy can help you relax and sleep better especially if take it on a regular basis.

There are over a hundred forms of massage therapeutic techniques offered by health clubs and massage parlors and it may be difficult for a person to choose the one best suited for him. You can either consult with a licensed massage therapist or try different techniques. Shiatsu massage, Deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, and Acupressure are some of the more popular medical massage therapeutic techniques.

In the US, Swedish massage is quite a popular way to relax after a stressful day at work. The therapist would suggest this type of massage because it boosts circulation of blood in your body which thus helps relax the body. He or she may first use light massage on your body combined with good oil. The mild strokes of Swedish massage can help ease the tension occurring within the muscles.

Massage therapists may decide to use acupressure to help stimulate the ailing pressure points on the body. They use their fingers to apply pressure on affected points on the skin. This pressure helps noost blood flow and alleviates the tension that have been building up in the body allowing again fresh Chi or energy to flow inside the body. Traditional Chinese techniques such as acupressure and acupuncture use the same vital points on the skin. Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale uses needles but acupressure uses the fingers to help a person regain balance in the body, treat constipation and headaches, and alleviate menstrual cramps in women.

One other popular variant of massage is Deep Tissue Massage. This bodywork technique helps the human body to move freely and better. During treatment, the person may experience pain but he eventually gets relieved of his chronic aches and pains including tendonitis and other ailments caused by inflammation.

The Japanese finger pressure massage technique is called shiatsu massage. In this type of bodywork, therapists may use their knees, thumb, elbows, palms, and fingers, and sometimes, they may even walk on the person’s body in order to pressurize the pressure points. Shiatsu massage improves lymphatic and blood flow in the body.

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July 23rd, 2019 at 5:40 am

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Traditional Chinese Medicine And Its Positive Effects On The Body

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As the name implies, Chinese medicine originated and is still being used in China. It continues to be the most popular choice among of certain individuals when it comes to addressing certain types of conditions and illnesses.

You can choose from a wide variety of Chinese medicines to help cure and treat some of the most common conditions. There are specific kinds of Chinese medicines that are widely used and very much sought after while there are also other kinds of Chinese medicines that are seldom used but nevertheless quite effective altogether.

The success and growth of Chinese medicines is because of the system’s actual effectiveness and usefulness altogether. This just means that Chinese medicines continues to be salable because over time, they have been frequently used by people and over time have also continued to meet their standards.

There are also a variety of methods and types of treatment when it come forms of treatment should be used depending on your belief and choice.

Acupuncture in Maitland is the most common form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment and it still continues to be u s to Chinese medicines and the different sed not only in China but in all other nations as well.

TCM not only focuses on medicines alone, there are also some other conditions that could be targeted by different Chinese nutritional therapy and healthy eating habits.

You can learn a lot of things about TCM treatments by just searching about the topic by downloading books and reading materials online.

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July 23rd, 2019 at 5:30 am

Qigong Can Help Cure And Even Reverse Osteoporosis

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If you are aware about the incapacitating bone disease known as osteoporosis, you’ll also realize that it is a chronic and incurable disease. You may be aware that this condition prevents calcium from being absorbed by the bones causing them to become brittle over time. Because of osteoporosis, your body cannot absorb calcium no matter how much of it you try to supplement your diet.

As a result of this disease, Joan Foo lost 40 percent of her bone density up until the time she was diagnosed with osteoporosis. After her diagnosis and sick and tired of living a sedentary life, she decided to try qigong and attended a Qi gong class. For Ms Foo, this was the turning point in her life. After a year of Qi gong practice, her physicians were flabbergasted and dumb founded to see that not only was the disease halted, it had reversed itself.

Qi gong also called chi kung was originally practiced by peasants, who used this healing tradition to relax and reinvigorate themselves after a long hard day’s work. At night, they would relax and enjoy the cool air of the night.

As they relaxed and wound down, they became conscious of an energy surrounding them, which was somehow related to the mind and to their breathing and were able to move around their bodies.

Whether one believes it or not, this energy exists and the Chinese healers and philosophers would refer to it as chi, which means vital energy or life-force.

Without knowing too much about qi gong, anyone can feel this energy. To perceive chi, a person could hold his hands directly in front of him with his palms facing down. He needs to visualize water flowing from the top of his shoulders to the tips of his fingers and beyond, almost like when they’re showering and water is flowing down their arms and out of their fingertips. If, for twenty seconds or so, he visualizes water flowing out of his fingers, he might feel his hands becoming warm or be able to feel a tingling sensation in the hands. By inhaling deeply for two seconds and then exhaling for six, he may able to feel this force growing in his hands.

Now that you realize chi exists, , you may realize find that by breathing and moving is a certain way this chi help eliminate hangovers, depression, backaches, headaches, and a slew of other conditions.

The millions of cells in your body know precisely how to heal itself. Qi gong offers the technique for the body to achieve it. You can perform Qi gong if you allow yourself five or ten minutes a day for it.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

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July 16th, 2019 at 1:36 pm

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The Best Way To Approach Disease Is To Integrate Both TCM And Western Medicine Treatments Together

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No matter how alternative medicine appears to be, it is definitely anything but. TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes herbal medicine, Chinese physical therapy (tui na) and acupuncture has been practiced for millennia to assist in the treatment of the human body. But since it is not commercialized and most people are unfamiliar with it, it is often sidelined. We hope this article will give you a little understanding of what TCM is.


The procedures of TCM assist in the healing of the spirit, mind, and body. It actually facilitates healing and does not really heal or treat the body; TCM stimulates the self-healing processes of the body. The most common techniques used in this practice are herbal medicine and acupuncture in vancouver on broadway. These modalities promote healing by balancing the body. However, they do not have the ability to address the symptoms of a disease. These modalities however, are designed, to treat the underlying cause(s) of a disease.

Chi is the energy flowing inside the body of a person. The concept of a universal flow of energy is actually an old concept. In the West, in his theory of special relativity, Einstein believed that everything is energy. Chi moves inside the body, and the body is in balance when this Chi flows smoothly. Stagnation and blockage occurs when it does not which often leads to illness and disease. One can imagine Chi this way…

Visualize a river that flows freely. The running current keeps the water clean and well-oxygenated, the rocks serve as filters that helps keep the river clean. Now, visualize a fallen branch or tree trunk in the river that causes a blockage like a small dam. Water builds up in the area, very slowly flowing, if at all. On the rocks and in the still water, algae begin to grow. Detritus and Debris get ensnared in the dammed up part of the river causing bacteria to build up in the water that eventually flows down the river.


Getting a TCM examination of your health is very different from Western medicine diagnosis and treatment. TCM examination doesn’t require any blood tests, unless you’re talking about your pulse (which mirrors the flow of blood). Your pulse, pains, and appearance (condition of your skin, tongue, etc.), are more than enough.

Both herbal medicine and acupuncture are designed to treat stagnation, which is the cause of chi blockages, and can be the underlying cause of a disease.  Herbal medicine and acupuncture can be used alongside each other to helps address more than one condition. Acupuncture needles, for instance, are utilized at the acupoint(s) of blockage while herbs are prescribed to ehance the movements of chi and increase circulation.

Herbs in the form of ointment, tea, or pills, are widely available and if your TCM physician is also an herbal practitioner, he probably knows where and how exactly to combine them. Your local Chinese drugstore doesn’t carry Tylenol. Herbs were the first “pharmaceutical medications” even in Western medicine. The bad news is regrettably, most of Western medicine appears to be too much concerned with addressing symptoms alone, especially when it comes to “Big Pharma.” They merely appear to be just a temporary fix.

Exterior (Which is Also Interior)

The underlying cause of your pain is a chronic physical condition or injury an injury or a chronic physical condition. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and tui na (Chinese physical therapy) are just as effective in curing orthopedic trauma. Many kung fu practitioners and athletes, swear by these treatments.

Stagnation and blockages can be caused by injuries, especially in regard to circulation. Remember the aforementioned ointment? It could be used on a sprained ankle, for example. Each herb in these ointments has their own attributes. For instance, Turmeric encourages circulation and is essential in relieving inflammation. Minimal inflammation equates to minimal pain. For this reason, turmeric is often used in ointments for the treatment of pain.

Basically, Tui Na is one form of therapeutic massage. Similar to herbal medicine, tui na is designed promote the movement of chi through the meridians, muscles, and joints.

The Best of Both Worlds

Healing can be maximized when both Western and Eastern medicine treatments are combined. We need to integrate all aspects of these healing systems in order to achieve balance in our practice. In a lot of cases, a lifetime of medication is not the answer and neither is surgery. When integrated into the healing practices of Western science and medicine, TCM can provide us the tools needed to attain wellness and health.

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July 16th, 2019 at 1:32 pm