MEDICINE – What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM is a medical practice that has been around for thousands of years.  It uses acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage or tui na, and cupping, in combination with mind and body practices to maintain or achieve whole body health and longevity.

A TCM practitioner will determine the best course of action for the patient through various means; observation, listening, questioning and pulse and palpitation.

    1. Observation : This first step is accomplished by observing the patient for any outward signs of deteriorating health.  Since our inner and outer body is directly connected, at times signs of a specific failing organ can be detected by outward signs.  Skin pallor, facial sensory organs, and the tongue are all affected when something isn’t quite right on the inside.
    2. Listening: In this step, the practitioner listens for any clues towards a diagnosis.
    3. Questioning: In this step, the doctor questions the patient to see if there has been a change in behaviour or what symptoms the patient displays.
      • Acupuncture; if you suffer from pain this is a wonderful and non surgical way to alleviate it with the use of very fine needles.
      • Herb formulas; the use of herbs in medicine is a long standing tradition, and it has taken generations to perfect.  We have options of pill, tea or raw form depending on your preference.
      • Cupping; removes toxins and acids from old, sluggish blood and lubricates the tissues with fresh, better circulating blood.
      • Gua Sha: a method of increasing circulation and removing toxins by opening up the superficial layers of the skin by  applying repeated strokes with a smooth edged tool.Pulse and Palpitation: In good health, your pulse will be frequent, steady and of the proper intensity.  In bad health, this changes and the doctor will check for a weak, interrupted, or unsteady pulse.

      Determining what’s wrong with the patient is half the battle, but in Traditional Chinese Medicine the doctor is well equipped to handle the task of restoring good health.  Since in this practice the belief is that all of the components of our bodies are interconnected, a practitioner will strive to not only alleviate pain, but also, increase health for the entire body.  At Needle Nurse Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic, there are a variety of techniques to help patients achieve better health.

Contact us today so that we can help you get on the road to good health!

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