Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of health care that evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. This system of medicine has developed over 2000 years whereby practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnose and treat patients based on diagnosing patterns of disharmony in individuals.

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of health care that evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. This system of medicine has developed over 2000 years whereby practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnose and treat patients based on diagnosing patterns of disharmony in individuals.

By placing fine sterile needles at specific locations an acupuncturist promotes natural healing by enhancing immunity, and physical and emotional well being. Acupuncture can be helpful not only for treating existing illnesses and injuries but also for preventing the recurrence of illnesses.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

At the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the philosophy that our “Life Energy” or “Qi” flows in channels (or meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. This energy or “Qi” which flows through these meridians forms a network interconnecting the organs and nourishes all parts of the body.

When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. When there is a blockage in this flow, the body’s balance is disrupted and illness results.

Acupuncture engages the “Qi” by inserting needles at specific points, restoring the flow and helps the body regain its natural balance.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

The origins of Chinese herbal medicine in China can be traced back at least five thousand years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world.

In the intervening millennia, the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and TCM has developed and matured to become what it is today – a natural and wholistic system of primary health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds to effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems.

Chinese herbal medicine takes a wholistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.

Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognizable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions.

A qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.

Chinese herbal medicines are typically prescribed as formulae which take into account the individual therapeutic action of each herb as well as the effects when combined together. A well constructed formula maximizes the effectiveness for treating a particular condition, while counteracting and minimising the unwanted effects of an individual herb.

 In addition to providing effective treatment for a wide range of health disorders, Chinese herbal medicine may also be used to assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is boosted and a general sense of well-being promoted.

A snapshot of conditions typically treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine includes:

  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and common digestive disorders
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Common cold and influenza
  • Chronic headaches
  • Skin disorders
  • Fluid retention
  • Anxiety, depression and stress
  • Allergies
  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation
  • Excessive menstruation
  • Infertility
  • Impotence and prostate disorders
  • Disorders associated with menopause

Herbal Medicine and Modern Pharmacology

There is a growing body of research which indicates that traditional uses of plant remedies and the known pharmacological activity of plant constituents often coincide. However, herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs.

  • Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause side-effects.
  • Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formulae balance each other, and they undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety.
  • Thirdly herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage this self-healing process.

Herbal Medicines used at the  Clinic

At the Clinic only granular extracts made to GMP standards are used.

By utilizing natural substances together in accurate formulations, effectiveness is maximized and side effects minimized. This is contrary to conventional medicine that extracts or synthesizes active chemicals that often, over time, produce drastic side effects due to their partiality.

Typically the granular extracts are pharmaceutical grade 10:1 extracts which have proven to be clinically highly effective and very safe. We find that this “modern” approach to be convenient for patients as the formula would be taken as a tea by dissolving the powder in boiled water.

GMP standards means “tested for heavy metals and impurities” Patients can be assured of the purity, potency and safety of our herbal products