Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an umbrella that emcompasses many of the techniques that we use to treat the body as Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners.
Each person is seen as unique in TCM, and each treatment is specifically tailored to the patient’s needs, after a proper diagnosis is reached.
Acupuncture is the most common and the most widely used technique in TCM. As mentioned in the “Acupuncture and how we will work together” section, acupuncture is the insertion of very thin, pre-sterilized needles into specific acupuncture points. This allows Qi to flow freely throughout the body, bringing it back into balance.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is another common way we help to treat dis-ease in the body. Chinese Herbal Medicine is the expertly crafted combination of specific Chinese herbs making highly specialized formulas. Many of these formulas are thousands of years old and have been perfected to increase human health over the centuries.
Each formula is specific to the diagnosis given to the patient. Formulas cannot be shared with others for this reason.
Cupping is a technique that has been used for many centuries for a variety of conditions. The technique uses small cups that are suctioned onto the body to help relieve pain and tension in a localized muscle group. Though cupping can sometimes leave bruises, they rarely have any associated pain.
Cupping has become very popular in recent years and many massage therapists use cupping therapy as part of their practice. Though cupping can be very effective for many conditions there are other conditions that cupping should not be used for. Please always consult your TCM if you are going to use cupping on yourself.
Electro stimulation or e-stim
E-stim is a small box with wires attached to it, used to create electric stimulation. The wires are attached to the needles in a patient’s body. When the e-stim is turned on, a small current is generated, causing some twitching in the muscles.
In TCM the e-stim treats musculoskeletal tension and pain and can be used to help move Qi or increase Qi in the body.
Gua sha is also called scraping. (The Graston technique practiced in many physio and chiropractic clinics was derived from this practice.) A traditional Gua Sha tool is made of Jade or other stones. The tool is shaped like a flat thin rock and the edge of the stone is used to apply pressure on a particular area of the body. The practitioner will hold the stone in their hand, sometimes adding oil, and scrapes it against the skin firmly, being sure to not create injury.
This technique helps relieve pain and can also be used to regulate the immune systems.
Moxa is a herb also known as Mugwort. Moxa comes in many forms from whole herb to a moxa stick. In TCM, when we look at herbs we consider their nature and moxa’s nature is hot. The herb is burnt and used on the surface of the body to add heat to specific locations. Moxa has many other uses as well, including pain relief, increasing Qi, stopping heavy period flows, etc.
Because of its strong odour, Moxa isn’t often used in Canada, even though it is quite effective.
Chinese Herbal Liniments
A Chinese Herbal Liniment is a liquid concoction of many essential oils that help to reduce pain. There are many different kinds of liniments but most have a smell that is similar to an A535 type of rub, smelling of mint and cinnamon and eucalyptus oil.
These rubs help to decrease pain in a localized area