Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment
Treatments are designed around the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of diagnosis, which include the 4 examinations & the 8 principles of differential diagnosis. Once this has been established, a treatment principle is formulated, utilizing one or more of the following practices, including the use of specific acupuncture points.
Acupuncture & Electro-Acupuncture
Acupuncture removes blockages in the muscle tissue by breaking up the accumulation of lactic acid & carbon monoxide, which causes stiffness & stagnation of blood. The stiffness creates abnormal pressure on blood vessels, lymph nodes & nerves, which adversely effects the function of internal organs & the muscular & skeletal systems.
Electro-acupuncture is a highly efficient way to move stagnant qi & blood throughout the body. Specific point selection, with a specific intensity & frequency, has been shown to have a positive effect on relieving pain, muscle spasms & neurological disorders, where the area of the body has become numb.
There is a saying in Chinese Medicine…”If there is free flow, there is no pain & if there is no free flow, there is pain”, meaning it is paramount to keep the qi & blood flowing throughout the body without blockage.
In conjunction with acupuncture & other treatment options within Chinese Medicine, Chinese herbal formulas are a very powerful way in treating underlying diseases. These herbal formulas are used in the treatment of; anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, fatigue, skin disorders, diarrhoea, constipation, infertility, menstrual disorders, headaches and muscle & joint pain.
Cupping is another Chinese medicine treatment which is highly effective. One of the earliest documented uses for cupping dates back to around 300 AD, by the Taoist herbalist (Ge Hong). Cupping is used in the treatment of tight muscles; neck & back pain; headaches & migraines; cellulite; fatigue; anxiety & stimulating blood flow. Cupping can be done by sliding along specific meridians or on specific acupuncture points on those meridians, depending on the type of treatment the individual requires.
Gua Sha is an ancient technique used by the TCM Dr to encourage blood to the surface. Thereby moving blood stagnation, reducing heat, reducing inflammation, dispelling wind & relieving pain. This technique involves using a lubricating medium like oil on the skin, then with a smooth edged tool the area of the body is scraped / stroked until the particular region has become red. This results in breaking up the stagnation & restoring the bloods free flow. Indications & uses for Gua Sha are Pain; muscle spasms; fibromyalgia; colds & flu; fever & respiratory conditions such as asthma & bronchitis.
Acupressure, Tui na (Chinese Massage), Bodywork
Acupressure & Tui na is a form of oriental body work that dates back 2,500 years. This technique works along the body’s meridians, applying pressure to acupoints. This removes blockages to the muscles & nerves, ensuring free flow of qi & blood. Tui na can be used to treat acute & chronic pain, stress management, musculoskeletal disorders, digestive & respiratory conditions. The common ailments treated with this technique are sciatica, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, neck & back pain.