Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a natural and holistic medical system that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicinals, TuiNa massage, moxabustion, cupping, and dietary/lifestyle practices. The goal of TCM is to restore balance within your body to support healing. Western medicine studies symptoms to identify a disease, whereas TCM sees the body as one whole entity and assesses symptoms as patterns of imbalance. A TCM practitioner considers signs and symptoms from various perspectives and takes into account your unique pattern or patterns to determine an appropriate treatment plan for healing conditions and maintaining balance. This allows for a very specialized type of treatment based on each individual, rather than viewing disease as a uniform condition that prescribes the same treatment for everyone. This technique provides for the complexity and depth of understanding TCM needs to be a truly holistic medicine.
The use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs provides the means to establish harmony, balance, and well-being in your body. The goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to resolve patterns of imbalance to promote healing and begins with a thorough evaluation of all your body’s systems. As a primary treatment tool of TCM, acupuncture has been researched extensively in the West. It’s endorsed by the World Health Organization as an effective form of treatment for addressing health problems, such as infertility, hormone and thyroid imbalances, menopause symptoms, digestive dysfunction, fatigue, heart disease, insomnia, skin diseases, gynecological diseases, paralysis and strokes among others. Acupuncture is also effectively used in treating addictions, anxiety, depression, colds, allergies, stress, pregnancy associated complications, headaches, chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders, as well women’s health problems like prolonged labor, PMS or premenstrual syndrome, leucorrhea, uterine bleeding, amenorrhea, dysmenorrheal, menopause endometriosis and many more.
Acupuncture treatments involve the application of single-use, sterilized hair-thin needles inserted into various regions of your body. The needles are inserted about ¼ –1 inch underneath the skin. The needles stimulate certain sensations that may include heaviness, distention, tingling, heat, cold or an electric-like feeling traversing the treated meridian. During your treatment you should wear comfortable, loose clothing to enable easy access to the commonly treated areas of your body while remaining as fully-clothed as the specific treatment permits.
Chinese herbal medicine
An equally effective method of healing under the TCM umbrella is Chinese herbal medicine. The use of Chinese medicinals is a therapeutic tool that can be used on its own, or in conjunction with acupuncture and other TCM treatments. In many cases, Chinese herbs are used to support or augment your acupuncture sessions.
Herbal medicine uses similar TCM principles as acupuncture to address patterns of imbalance and promote healing. The theory behind herbal therapy is that each herb has innate properties that affect your body in different ways, through the herb’s inherent actions, temperature, and the organ systems that it affects. Those properties are key in prescribing the right herbs to address your particular imbalance and symptoms. In most cases, herbs are combined into formulas in order to be most effective and fine-tuned to your individual needs.
At BodaHealth, we understand the strengths and limitations of both conventional medical and TCM therapies. We use the principles and healing methods of TCM to effectively address problems that have failed to respond to other treatments. We integrate our treatment plans with your other healthcare providers when possible, to promote effective healing and fully complement your wellness.
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