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  • Chinese Medicine, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, has been practiced in China for thousands of years. In ancient times, it has played an important role in the prevention and treatment of diseases in China. With its complete theoretical system, firm clinical foundations and significant therapeutic effects, it is considered an alternative medical system in much of the western world.
     
    Traditional Chinese Medicine include the treatments including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tuina, auriculotherapy, Chinese food therapy, cupping, gua sha and therapeutic exercise,such as Qigong and Tai Chi. Generally, in clinic,we mainly use acupuncture, herbal medicine and Tuina to provide effective treatments.
    There are diagnostic and treatment principles. The diagnosis is the most important part of the treatment process.Often the same   
    symptoms can be determined of different causes and therefore be treated differently. Different symptoms can also be the manifestation of a similar cause and therefore would be treated similarly. In addition, an individual’s physique and organ conditions are also major factors that should be taken into consideration in the diagnosis, so two patients with same symptoms and causes may also be treated differently.
    Traditional Chinese Medicine regards the human body as an organic whole. When going to see a doctor, he/she will observe all symptoms, including lifestyle, diet, working environment, emotional conditions and physical constitution to seek for the fundamental causes of disequilibrium. Chinese Medicine treats health problems by working with the resources of the body itself. It uses acupuncture, Tuina and herbal medicine to re-establish the equilibrium of the systemic functions and to achieve a healthy state without any side effects.                                                             

    Also, Traditional Chinese Medicine pays much attention to preventive therapy. The periods of great stress or seasonal change will be considered, so as to make sure the advantageous times to receive treatments of acupuncture and herbal therapy.

    To everyone, we must master our own body completely, so when there are physical problems, we can know promptly. The earlier the treatment is undertaken, the more effective it will be.

    These treatments help to strengthen one’s resistance to disease, restore the balance of yin and yang, ensure the proper functioning of the organs, and build up new vital energy.

    Several primary methods of treatment are as follows:                

    Acupuncture
    Acupuncture is a technique in which the practitioner inserts fine needles at acupoints on the human body to affect the flow of Qi. Used to treat both symptoms and the underlying condition, acupuncture is a powerful medicinal form. When used in conjunction with herbs, acupuncture will strengthen and expedite treatment. The needle insertion feels something like a mosquito bite. Many people find the experience of receiving acupuncture relaxing and pleasurable.

    Chinese herbal therapy
    In China, herbal medicine is considered as the main therapeutic form of internal medicine. Chinese herbal therapy draws from a base of more than three thousand ingredients. Over 95% come from plants and the rest come from animals or minerals. Today, modern pharmaceutical technology is widely applied to the ancient art of making Chinese herbal medicine, so herbal medicines can be delivered to patients in the form of a decoction, a powder, a liquid, or a pill. The prescription of Chinese herbal medicine also requires a rigorous diagnostic process. One classical example of Chinese herbal medicine is the use of various mushrooms, like reishi and shiitake, which are currently under intense study by ethnobotanists and medical researches for immune system enhancement.

    Tuina
    Tuina, also called massage, is a form of deep tissue therapy. Tuina practitioners use a wide range of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue of the body along meridians to directly affect the flow of Qi, and to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. Choreography often involves thumb presses, rubbing, percussion and stretches. The main benefits of Tuina are preventing for maintaining physical wellness, strengthening the body’s resistance to disease, stimulating blood circulation and regulating the nervous system, easing emotional distress, as well as relieving muscular pain.

    Cupping
    Cupping is a type of Chinese massage. When cupping, several glass cups will be placed on the body. The whole process is that a match is lit and placed inside the cup and then removed before placing the cup against the skin. As the air in the cup is heated, it expands, and after placing in the skin, cools down, creating a lower pressure inside the cup that allows the cup to stick to the skin via suction. When combined with massage oil, the cups can be slid around the back to reduce the pressure and some practitioners think it as a reverse-pressure massage.