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The Ancient Eastern Healing Arts

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient eastern healing arts, is a well of medical knowledge gained from over 4,000 years of observation, investigation and clinical experience. TCM has evolved as an empirical science and its theories and treatments have been repeatedly in use and refined over this long period of time. TCM is holistic healing of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It utilizes acupuncture, moxibustion, acupressure, herbal medicine, and massage therapy. For thousands of years it has been extremely effective in maintaining good well being and curing a wide variety of conditions and diseases through its power to simulate the mind and body's own healing response. In resent years, Chinese Medicine has gained popularity in the United States due to its good curative effectiveness, simplicity of application, minimal side effects, and relative low cost of treatment.

Meridians or channels form a distribution system that carries Qi, Jing, Blood and Body Fluids around the body. There are 12 main meridians. Branching from them is a network of other smaller channels. Each main meridian is connected to one of the twelve organs and travels along its own route within the body. For example, the Heart meridian travels in a pathway from the heart itself to the armpit and down the inside of the arm to the little finger. This explains why someone with a heart problem often has a tingling feeling running down the arm to the little finger.
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years. The earliest records of acupuncture date back over 4,000 years and today there are over 3,000,000 practitioners worldwide.

The Chinese words for Acupuncture is ZhenJiu. Zhen means acupuncture and Jiu means moxibustion. Acupuncture is the insertion of various needles into points on the body. These points are located and join together in 'channels' or 'meridians'. The points used in treatment are carefully chosen by the TCM practitioner to disperse any blockages and to bring the patient's Qi into balance, restores and maintains health and well being. Acupuncture points and trigger points may also be stimulated using a small electric current.

Moxibustion, as a supplement, is the process whereby a dried herb is burnt, either directly on the skin or indirectly above the skin over specific acupuncture points to warm the Qi and Blood and unblock the channels. Moxibustion is most commonly used when there is a requirement to expel Cold and Dampness from the body.

Gingsen, Chinese HerbHerbal Medicine in TCM describes formulae which are made from the roots, stems, barks, leaves, seeds or flowers of many plants, as well as some mineral and animal parts. For thousands of years the herbal formula is a very important part of the ancient east healing arts. For thousands of years, they are usually decocted into a soup, and for the last century, the herbs are concentrated 5 - 6 times into powder format, so patients can simply dissolve it into hot water and drink it, this will suit the busy schedule of the modern people.

There are two different kinds of herbal females: commercial and customized. The commercial herbal formulas are made according to experiences of many TCM practioners over hundreds of years, for the most common diseases, which come in ready-prepared pills, capsules or powder, called 'patent' herbal remedies. They are available in the holistic pharmacies. Patients better see a TCM practitioner and get advice from the practitioner before they buy this herbal formula. The customized herbal formula is usually taken in the form of a prescription, which is prescribed by a TCM practitioner based on his/her diagnosis and specifically for the patient he/she is treating.

Tui Na is Chinese therapeutic massage. The word 'tuina' actually means 'push grab'. Some of the common techniques include rolling, pushing, grasping, kneading, rubbing, nipping, vibrating, chopping, revolving, pinching and pressing. These techniques are used individually or combined together, and apply on specific acupuncture points, along a channel or meridian, or a whole area of the body.

Although best known for its capacity to heal joints, muscular, and nerve problems and create relaxation, Tuina can help many other internal and external disorders, too.

Chinese Xing Yang symbolThe word Qi Gong is made up of two words, 'Qi' and 'Gong'. 'Qi' usually translated as 'energy' or 'vital energy', is the energy that underlies everything in the universe. The word 'Gong' can be translated as 'practice'. The word QiGong conveys the meaning of 'practice concerned with exercising of Qi'. The use of Qigong to improve and maintain health was first mentioned in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, written in about 200 BC.



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