About Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical system that has a history in China of over 4000 years and continues to be used widely in China for a wide range of ailments. At our practice, we provide TCM treatments such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion and acupressure. Self-help activities are an important part of TCM too and we are proud to adopt an integrated approach by providing tailored advice on diet, breathing and mindfulness meditation techniques and physical exercises. Our aim is to get you as fit and healthy as possible, as quickly as possible and for as long as possible. This means looking at your health with the long-term in mind, rather than focusing solely on instant and short-term quick-fixes. We feel the best way to achieve this is with a holistic and integrated approach to healthcare which looks at all aspects of your health and which puts you firmly at the centre of your own health.
TCM holds that health primarily depends on the smooth flow of our vital energy called Qi, pronounced 'chee', and on the harmony of opposing forces known as Yin and Yang. These factors are all interlinked and, when in unison, maintain your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. For this reason, TCM observes the body holistically, consisting of different internal organs which must work together as a whole in order to maintain the smooth flow of Qi and the correct balance between Yin and Yang.
Qi flows along certain pathways that run throughout the body known as meridians. Each meridian is closely related to certain organs in the body and connect with each other, forming a network of pathways for the flow of Qi. From time to time, balance in the body can be disturbed as a result of, for example, poor diet or emotional stress. When imbalance occurs, each organ produces a different pattern of symptoms. An in-depth history of your current symptoms and other aspects of your lifestyle will reveal where the underlying disharmony exists.
The aim of TCM therapy is to restore balance within the body by treating the root of the imbalance as well as the manifesting symptoms. Through this traditional system of medicine, harmony in your body can be corrected and health may be restored.