Traditional Chinese Medicine

Taking pulse Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic approach to preventing disease and restoring balance in the body with the use of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Food Therapy, and Tuina Therapy. It addresses the root cause of disease by looking at the patient as a whole, and their symptoms. TCM is a health care system with 3000 years of history. Recent western clinical trials have confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs as a valuable complement to Western Medicine.

TCM is based on a concept of balanced qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is the life force that flows through the body as water flows through the earth. It maintains a person’s physical state along with their mental, emotional and spiritual being. Qi is influenced by the opposing, yet complementary energy forces of yin and yang. Illness is a result of disruptions in the flow of qi and imbalance between yin and yang. TCM treatments aim to restore the flow of qi and bring the body back into balance.

History of TCM

Chinese Medicine has its roots in ancient history. Pictograms of acupuncture have been found inscribed on bones and tortoise shells dating back to the Shang Dynasty 3000 years ago.

The "Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine" was compiled in the third and second centuries B.C. This work laid the theoretical foundation of Chinese Medicine and is still used today. The content includes physiology and pathology of the human body, principles of diagnosis and prevention and treatment of disease.
Diagnostic Methods

Chinese Medicine Practitioners make use of four examination methods: questioning, palpating, listening/smelling, and inspecting.

Questioning involves the enquiring of the main complaint, its onset and current symptoms, as well as other symptoms and any previous illnesses and treatments.

Palpating involves pulse taking for better understanding of your chief complaint and body constitution.

Listening / Smelling is a diagnostic method where Alice listens to the patient's speech, respiration, cough, etc. Smelling diagnostic method involves the awareness of any abnormal odors emitted.

Inspecting involves the observation of your tongue vitality and physical condition.

All of this information will be analyzed in order to make a diagnosis and to identify and differentiate the present cause, location, and nature of the disease. A treatment plan will then be formulated based on the syndrome. Treatments often consist of the combination of several modalities. These include:

- Acupuncture

- Chinese Herbs

- Moxibustion

- Cupping

- Food Therapy

- Tuina Therapy