WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses for over 2,000 years, and has changed very little over the centuries. It looks at the patient as a whole rather than their individual symptoms, and works to uncover the root patterns of disturbances throughout the body. An essential aspect of TCM is an understanding of the body’s Qi (energy, or life force) which flows through the 12 meridians, each of which connects the external body to one of the corresponding internal organs and tissues. These channels form a closed loop or circuit similar to but distinct from what Western Medicine understands as the circulatory system. When the flow of Qi becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of Qi within these meridians, the body fails to maintain harmony, balance is lost and disease and/or illness follows. Restoring the natural flow of blood and Qi is the premise of balancing Yin & Yang- which is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture South Surrey & White Rock
The Western approach to acupuncture uses a combination of Western medicine’s understanding and knowledge of the body’s neuromuscular system. While the Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) approach uses the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body. When these points are stimulated, endorphins are released, which act as the body’s own natural pain killer. This also helps to encourage tissue healing, reduce chronic pain, increase joint range of motion and improve circulation.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is essentially the manipulation of Qi and blood, and thus the rebalancing of Yin & Yang. Very fine, sterile needles are used and gently inserted at specific points (over 400 points) along the 12 channels. Modern research has shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, there are corresponding changes that occur physiologically and within the brain. Reinforce the activity of the internal organs, harmonize energy, boost immunity, releive pain, relax and strengthen the muscular and skeletal system, calm the mind as well as relieve anxiety and nervousness.
Functional Dry Needling (IMS)
Functional dry needling (IMS) is an alternative method of acupuncture. Used to treat myofascial or neuropathic pain following injury. The term “dry” needling is used because nothing is injected into the body. Very fine, sterile, disposable needles are inserted into the trigger points within the muscles. This causes a reflexive relaxation of the muscle, leading to a decreasing in pain and release of the muscle tension. When the practitioner advances the needle deeper into the muscle, some discomfort or muscle cramping may be experienced, but this varies between individuals.
Cupping Therapy South Surrey & White Rock
A Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment modality that has been used for thousands of years. Glass or silicone cups are placed on specific points on the skin and fire is used to create a vacuum, pulling the skin/muscles/tissues upwards like a reverse massage. Improving circulation of specific areas that may have experiences blockages causing de-oxygenated blood pooling in the past. Allowing oxygenated blood to flow back to the muscle, promoting recovery in the process.
What is Cupping?
Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. Of the 12 meridians, five of them are on the back- and specific points on these channels are where the cups are usually placed. A typical massage involves using positive pressure. Cupping is much like the inverse of a massage- it’s a decompressive myofascial technique that utilizes negative pressure to lift/pull the underlying tissue up into a cup. The suction action of the cups draws old, non-circulating stagnant blood and fluid away from the tissues, pulling pathogens and cellular debris with it to the surface of the body where it is able to metabolize waste material to be cleared away by the emphatic system. As it does that, healthy blood and fluid can flow into and facilitate cellular regeneration in the affected area. Chinese cupping is therefore, much like acupuncture, a method of breaking up blockages to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
- Silicone cupping with every acupuncture treatment
- Glass cupping, which uses fire to create suction
Clinical Uses & Benefits of Cupping
Open pores and thus encourage the removal of pathogens and aid in detoxification. Eliminating stagnant blood and thus reduce swelling and pain.
- Acute sprains
- Bronchial congestion caused by allergies or asthma
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Cervical spondylosis
- Facial paralysis
- Herpes Zoster
- Lumbar disc herniations
- Stretch marks and scarring
- Varicose veins