Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of medicine that supports the body to heal itself by restoring balance to the mind, body and spirit. In TCM philosophy, everything is connected. Any illness or injury to one part of the body can upset the smooth flow of qi to other parts of the body leading to pain or illness. TCM aims to treat the whole person rather than just specific symptoms in isolation, this way any root imbalance can be resolved to promote optimum health.
The practice of acupuncture involves the gentle use of very fine needles at specific acupoints around the body to restore balance, alleviate pain and promote healing.
Moxa (mugwort) is a special herb that is burnt on or near to specific acupoints to warm the channels, relax the muscles and tonify the body.
Glass jars are gently heated and placed on the skin to draw out any acute symptoms or excess. Cupping is commonly used to treat colds or muscular pain.
Gua Sha involves gentle scraping or stroking across the skin to encourage blood flow, reduce inflammation and release any pathogen from the exterior.
Dietary therapy and lifestyle advice, such as specific exercises, can help improve recovery, relieve symptoms and prevent reoccurrence.
Chinese medicine is a complete healthcare system that has been practiced for thousands of years. Since TCM treats the whole person rather just specific symptoms in isolation, it can offer benefits to a vast range of physical and mental conditions. TCM can be used to treat all sorts from injuries and pain management, headaches, nausea, digestive issues to mental and emotional issues like depression, anxiety and stress.
By looking the body as a whole and considering all of the signs and symptoms together, TCM aims to treat any complaint and prevent recurrence. In treating the body as a whole, patients will often report ‘positive side-effects’ to treatment such as improved sleep or less headaches. Acupuncture can be used alone, or alongside other therapies and treatments from physiotherapy to chemotherapy.
For information and research into acupuncture for specific conditions, you can visit the British Acupuncture Council website.