Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture in tummy
Needles in the tummy

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture was changed and then used after the Chinese revolution because it doesn’t talk of the Spirit of the body and the concept was considered more ‘Scientific’. It would take a large book to describe the concepts of TCM but I will try in a few sentences!

Yin and Yang symbol
Yin and Yang symbol

Every body is made up of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang (although Blood, Yin and Yang are types of Qi). Your body has 12 organs, heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, Triple Burner, Spleen, Stomach, Lung, Large Intestine, Kidney, Bladder, Liver and Gall Bladder. if there is an imbalance in Qi, Blood, Yin or Yang in one of the ‘Organs’ this is known as a Syndrome so for example Heart Qi Deficiency is a Syndrome, Liver Blood Stagnation is another. A persons body can also be influenced by Damp, Phlegm, Cold, Heat Etc this can come from outside or within.

Traditional Chinese Medicine syndromes are initially diagnosed at your first meeting with your Acupuncturist, they can tell what is happening by looking at your Tongue, taking your Pulses, observing you and asking questions. They can even get information from your smell! (please don’t wear perfume). from knowing the Syndromes a treatment plan is then devised. The longer you have had the Symptoms, the deeper it will be and so the longer it takes to treat.

Please do not expect miracles! If you have had a problem for a long time, it will be deeper rooted and so it will not get better in one treatment. This is unrealistic and will waste your time as you need to commit to treatment. It is a two way process….you and your Acupuncturist.