Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used as a form of medicine for over 5,000 years. Chinese Medicine is an Energy medicine that is based on the flow of “Qi” (“chee”), which is described as “life force” in all creation. This Qi moves throughout our body, like water running down a river, on meridians. These meridians are distributed all throughout the body, similar to the distribution of our body’s nerves and blood stream. They connect to our organs and glands, giving our whole body vital nourishment.
When our body’s Qi becomes deficient, stuck, or abundant throughout these meridians it creates an imbalance which result in illness or disease. When this imbalance occurs, Chinese Medicine is used to bring balance and harmony back to the body. Some of the treatment modalities used under Chinese Medicine to restore this balance are acupuncture, herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese Massage), moxibustion (applying heat from a Chinese herb), and qi gong (breathing and movement exercises).
Chinese Medicine views the mind-body-spirit as being connected, and not separate from an individual’s physical symptoms. Many individuals experience a sense of mental and spiritual well being after treatments. Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and excessive thinking can easily shift as the body becomes in harmony.