Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC.
Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Today, it still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.
They are two essential components in Chinese medicine - Acupuncture (usually performed with needles) and Chinese herbal therapy. Chinese medicine is based on the theory of Yin and Yang balance. It considers that the disease is caused as a result of Yin and Yang imbalance within the body.
Chinese herbal therapy is for re-balancing the Yin and Yang when disease occurs. Whereas the role of acupuncture is to regulate the meridians or channels of the body and unblock the stagnation of Qi (energy), to achieve the body energy balance.
Traditional Chinese medicine in it's application is more like art than scientific technology – herbal medicine and acupuncture to the TCM doctor is very much like pen and paint to the artist. The tools are the same, but the final works are very different and of varying value.
Chinese medicine is not standardised like Western medicine. TCM practitioner training at medical school is mainly academic and principle-based; clinical treatment depends upon the individual doctor’s understanding, skills and experience. TCM is highly flexible and it's effectiveness is dependent upon the individual doctor’s own design.
Arthritis, Back Pain, Stiff Neck and Shoulder, Frozen Shoulders, Sciatica, Sprains, Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Headache, Migraine.
Weight Control, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue, ME, Addictions.
Infertility, Irregular Periods, Period Pain, Menopausal Syndrome, Premenstrual Tension, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Breech Pregnancy, Morning Sickness.
Acne, Alopecia, Eczema, Hair Loss, Herpes, Mycosis, Psoriasis, STD's, Haemorrhoids, Cellulite, Stretch Marks.
Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat
Sinusitis, Asthma, Rhinitis, Bronchitis, Hay Fever, Allergies.
Constipation, Bloating, Gastritis, IBS, Colitis, Diabetes, Anaemia.
Erectile Dysfunction, Impotence, Premature Ejaculation, Prostatitis.
The diagnostic process of TCM involves the following:
TCM practitioners are trained in the observation of external signs of any imbalance of the internal body. To this end, the patient's tongue, complexion, eyes, hair and nails are examined.
Listening and Smelling
Information is accrued from the conditions of the voice and breathing as well as from the odours of the body.
Where information is gathered regarding current discomfort, medical history and lifestyle past and present.
Palpating, feeling and pressing in specific areas of the body are also ways to determine the condition of a patient. Pulse diagnostics and temperature play a very important role in TCM, giving information on the state of individual organs and the balance of the body as a whole.
Each patient will be treated according to their individual needs in terms of how TCM is applied.
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