Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) aims to clear illness from the body. A unique diagnosis system, employing a mixture of analysing the patients tongue, physical appearance, pulses of each organ system and a question and answer session, is used to identify the “pattern of disharmony”. The disharmony exists in the bodies energy system and in turn results in ill health and its corresponding symptoms.
Each person is different with a unique set of circumstances contributing to their illness and therefore the patient cannot be diagnosed by symptoms alone. For example, in a control group of several people with similar health complaints and similar symptoms, it is very possible for each to have different underlying causes. Hence TCM takes a holistic approach to treatment rather than localised.
TCM and Western medicine are not opposed and do in fact compliment each other very well. In China, doctors of traditional medicine work in hospitals alongside western trained doctors and are actually required to study modern medicine as part of their training. TCM complements almost all other therapies by creating the right conditions for accelerated healing.
The foundational principle of health in TCM is the balanced and good flow of Qi or vital energy in the body. This vital energy is seen as the life force that animates us. It flows through specific channels in the body known as meridians. The meridian system is not unlike the lymphatic or circulatory system, however it is an energetic in composition, but still interacts with the physical body. Ill health arises when the flow is impeded and nourishing Qi is restricted from certain parts of the body. TCM works to reverse the stagnation of Qi and bring flow back into the system. It is said that pain exists in the body where the eneryg or blood is not flowing.
A variety of treatments are used to promote flow and good health, including Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage, Reflexology, Ear Candling and Cupping. You can find out more about each of them via the links on the right hand side.