Nutritional Counseling TCM (Oriental Medicine) Services Offered
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of diagnosis and treatment that dates back over 4,000 years and encompasses many treatment modalities including:
•Tui Na (Chinese Massage)
•Exercise and Lifestyle
TCM and Acupuncture are considered a holistic medicine approach to healing, because they treat the body as a whole. During the intake of an acupuncture treatment, all aspects of your body are taken into consideration: Your physical ailments, emotions, spirit, and lifestyle.
The goal of the treatment is to recognize interrelationships between organs and organ systems in order to maintain balance and homeostasis in the body. The diagnosis and treatment using Traditional Chinese Medicine states no distinction between mind and body, and recognizes the integration of physical signs, symptoms, and the individuals' emotional response to life. Emotions have specific physical effects on the body, and physical symptoms yield certain emotional imbalances.
One of the unique aspects of TCM is that the diagnosis and treatment of a person is not based on physical symptoms, but on the identification of patterns. The culmination of signs and symptoms of disease show an underlying reason, or root cause, of why the symptoms exist therefore displaying a pattern of imbalance. The treatment of disease in TCM is through the deeper, underlying cause rather than the masking of symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (Oriental Medicine)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or 'Oriental Medicine' today is a comprehensive system based on thousands of years of cross-cultural knowledge of the human body and mind. It is accepted around the globe as a safe, effective and holistic complement or alternative to contemporary western medicine.
All About Balance
TCM is based primarily on a theory of balanced energy in the body. At the first visit, the Chinese Medicine practitioner will conduct a comprehensive intake to correctly diganose the patient’s energy imbalance. TCM diagnosis practices include a complete health history as well as special observations of the patient’s pulse and tongue. Once the patient’s imbalance is determined, the practitioner can go to work immediately to restore balance with acupuncture, herbal remedies, and the various other modalities discussed herein.
Acupuncture is one of the most effective ways to unlbock energy flow and restore the body to a state of balanced “Qi.” Acupuncture is performed by inserting fine needles into carefully selected points along the body which correspond directly to the energy meridians.
When the needle is correctly inserted in the proper location, your body’s energy will actually “grab” the needle and the needle will stand firm. Sometimes the patient will feel very little, sometimes he/she will feel a dull sensation, and sometimes the patient will literally feel an energetic sensation flow briefly through the meridian as a blockage is relieved. In fact, your ability to “sense” the acupuncture working may astonish you the first time.
Sensitive to needles?
Acupuncture needles are not hollow like hypodermic needles. Consequently, they are much thinner than you might imagine. In many cases, you will truly not feel the needle being inserted. Nonetheless, if you are sensitive to needles, you may choose from many other options including Acupressure, Herbs, Moxabustion, Gua Sha, Cupping and Nutritional Supplements.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for over 3000 years in China and worldwide. Before pharmaceuticals (and even the use of acupuncture needles) herbal remedies were used to heal and balance the human body. Chinese herbs have shown their effectiveness under the scrutiny of both empirical study and modern clinical trials. These herbs can be used to augment the treatment of a particular imbalance, working together or sometimes in place of acupuncture and other medicines. Unlike most pharmaceuticals, herbal prescriptions in Chinese Medicine are tailor-made for the individual.
Tui Na (Physical Medicine)
Often called 'medical massage', Tui Na is the use of physical medicine according to the principles of Oriental Medicine. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body's defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians as well as the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui na is an integral part of TCM.
Cupping is an old technique performed in both China and the West. The process traditionally uses glass jars, heated to create a vacuum, and placed on the upper back to relieve acute illnesses such as colds and fevers. Cupping can also be done all over the body to invigorate the flow of Qi and to relieve tension and pain. It is often used for treating upper and lower back ache, chronic nausea & vomiting, sciatica, frozen shoulder and more.
If cupping is deemed necessary for your condition, it is generally included in an acupuncture visit. A patient can also come in separately for a cupping treatment if he/she wishes.
The Moxa herb is used by TCM practitioners for its warming and tonifying characteristics. Moxibustion (the process of burning Moxa) either on a needle or directly on the skin helps build the Qi and rid the body of excess moisture. Patients usually enjoy this sensation of warmth and find it very relaxing. The heat never gets close enough to the skin to burn.
I often teach my patients how to administer this treatment to themselves safely at home. This is a good way for patients to engage in a relaxing activity that allows them to be a direct part of their own healing process.
Where appropriate, Moxibustion is included with an acupuncture visit. Moxibustion treatments, by themselves, are also available.
Everyone knows that diet and nutrition are instrumental in maintaing good health! Dietary changes and nutrition are fully integrated into the theories of Chinese Medince and are key to maintain health and success in a Chinese Medicine treatment.
Nutritional counseling is included in an acupuncture visit or can be done separately.