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TCM Learning Center

Let's start from the very beginning...

Q: What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of eastern healing and healthcare that has been practiced in China for thousands of years. It is based on the principle that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, and that the mind, body, and environment are all interconnected.

 

TCM uses a holistic approach to diagnose and treat illness, meaning considering an individual's unique physical, emotional, and environmental factors. It is also founded on the concept of Qi (pronounced "chee"), which is believed to be the vital energy that flows through the body and is responsible for maintaining health and wellness.

 

TCM encompasses a wide range of therapies, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, food therapy, and more. The goal of TCM is to restore balance and harmony to the body, and to promote the body's natural healing processes.

Q: What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to restore the balance and flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi refers to the body's vital energy or life force. When Qi is flowing freely and in balance, the body is healthy and in a state of harmony. However, if Qi becomes blocked or stagnant, this can lead to pain, illness, or other health problems.

Q: What does acupuncture feel like?

The experience of acupuncture can vary depending on the individual. Some common sensations include:

  1. Pressure/heaviness

  2. Mild electricity flowing

  3. Quick pinch

  4. Release of tension

  5. Tingling

 

And no it doesn’t hurt :)

Q: What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create a suction effect. It has been used for thousands of years as a therapeutic technique to address various health conditions.

 

Cupping therapy helps improve blood circulation, promote the flow of "qi" (vital energy), and remove stagnation or blockages within the body. It is often used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, enhance relaxation, and address conditions such as muscle tension, respiratory issues, and certain types of pain.

Q: What is Gua Sha (Scrapping)?

Gua Sha is a traditional healing technique from TCM that involves using a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin in a specific pattern. Gua Sha is often used to relieve muscle tension, pain, and stiffness, as well as to improve circulation and promote lymphatic drainage.

 

The name "Gua Sha" comes from the Chinese words "gua" (to scrape) and "sha" (sand or rash) and refers to the redness or bruising that may appear on the skin after the treatment. The technique is typically performed using a tool made of jade, horn, or other materials, and involves applying pressure and gliding the tool across the skin in areas where you feel pain.

Q: What are herbal remedies?

Herbal remedies are a core component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and have been used for centuries in China and other parts of East Asia. These remedies involve the use of various medicinal herbs, plants, minerals, and animal products to promote health, treat illnesses, and restore balance within the body.

In Chinese Medicine, herbal remedies are often prescribed based on an individual's body constitution, their specific pattern of symptoms, and their underlying imbalances. They are tailored to patients. The selection and combination of herbs aim to address the root cause of the condition, as well as its symptoms.

Herbal remedies are typically prescribed as formulas by the Chinese Medicine doctor, which are specific combinations of multiple herbs. Each herb within the formula is chosen for its therapeutic properties and its ability to interact with other herbs synergistically.

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