Chinese Medicine – What Is It?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China over 5000 years ago. TCM proposed the idea that there is a network of energy pathways (meridians) that can be mapped to the body. These meridians oscillate or vibrate with life force (qi). Qi, a vital energy that flows through the body, is thought to perform multiple functions in maintaining health. Blockage and disruption to the flow of energy in these meridians are seen by TCM practitioners, as the basis of disease.
Chinese medicine is based on the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual. TCM takes a holistic approach to understand the normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.
What is TCM used for?
TCM treatment may be able to assist with the management of symptoms of:
- musculoskeletal conditions
- stress and fatigue
- week immune system
- menstrual, menopausal and hormonal problems
- Digestive complaints, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn
- and chronic disease.
What You Can Expect From A Consultation
As a registered TCM practitioner (as listed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – AHPRA), I utilise holistic methods, combining five main therapies into an integrated and individualised treatment plan. These may include:
- Acupuncture to help re-establish the flow of qi,
- Herbal medicine to complement internal health,
- Massage (Tui Na) which may include cupping and spooning to help relax muscle tension,
- Dietary therapy for poor eating habits and seasonal dietary adjustments, and
- Exercise as a method of reducing stress and overuse on the body.
Risks and Safety of TCM
TCM is a complimentary health practice and is generally considered safe, but (as with all health treatments) may have occasional side effects. Any concerns of the client about the safety of a treatment will be addressed.