Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed over 2000 years and has continued to evolve in modern times. The ancient wisdom underlying Chinese Medicine is the understanding that everything is interconnected, that no single part can be understood except in the relation to the whole.
Optimal health in Chinese medicine is defined as a state of harmonious balance in the body. When the relationship between yin and yang becomes disharmonised, unbalanced, blocked or stagnant symptomatic patterns of disease result. Unlike Western Medicine in which diagnosis is symptom and condition based, a Chinese Medicine Practitioner will treat patterns of illness which can manifest as a number of symptoms such as back ache or period pain. It is likely in a consultation and acupuncture treatment for your health practitioner to view the tongue, check your pulse and ask about your diet and lifestyle for a condition such as insomnia.
Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on resolving the current condition and the prevention of further disease rather than symptomatic care. Therefore, once these patterns of disharmony have been recognised balance in the body Chinese Medicine will be used. This is where Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Dietary Therapy, Cupping and other modalities come into play.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine which is recognised and practiced globally as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate specific points on the meridians, which are invisible channel pathways in the human body. Qi, a type of energy flows through the meridians and placement and manipulation of certain Acupuncture points promotes the smooth flow of Qi without obstruction. This enables the body to heal itself.
Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is used independently or in conjunction with acupuncture treatment to enhance restoration of balance in the body. It is likely that a number of herbs are used in formula which allows the practitioner to prescribe a combination specifically for the patient’s symptoms.
Chinese herbs used at The Dao Health are mainly plant based and are available in pill or granule form. Chinese Herbal Medicine is additional to the Consultation fee.
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Cupping involves heated glass cups which are then applied to the skin by suction. Consider it similar to a deep tissue massage.
By creating suction this moves stagnation and promotes blood flow to the local area. The benefits of Cupping include improvement in circulation and alleviated pain in the local area that the cupping is being applied too.
Cupping is effective for musculoskeletal tightness and pain, digestive issues, the common cold and flu and other health conditions.
Chinese dietary therapy
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Chinese Dietary therapy is based on the principle that food is medicine. It focuses on the energetic and thermal properties of specific foods and which organs they benefit.
Treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine is specific to each individual and this is also relevant with Chinese Dietary Therapy. By understanding which foods have negative and positive effects on our body and specific organs we can learn to tailor our food to suit our individual needs. Dietary Therapy considers the individual’s body and lifestyle, current imbalances and season. Chinese Dietary Therapy opens a new perspective on our relationship with food and the choices we make on a daily basis.
Moxibustion is an ancient Chinese Medicine technique which the Herb Mugwort is burnt close to the proximity of the body.
This heat therapy stimulates the flow of qi and blood in the body making it effective for Musculoskeletal conditions including back pain, knee pain, and arthritis.
Moxibustion is also effective for gynecological issues. Research has shown evidence that Mugwort has emmenagogic properties which accelerate the flow of the blood in the pelvis and uterus area. Moxibustion therapy is beneficial for females who experience menstrual cramping and pain. It has also been a successful therapy to use for breech babies.