Finding Health and Healing through Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for thousands of years and for good reason – it works. While Western science has demonstrated its value in the field of surgical and urgent care procedures, Chinese medicine often provides better preventive and disease management care. Focusing on and using the body’s inner energy, or Qi, to maintain good health, prevent illness, and better handle chronic conditions, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to eliminate symptoms of such “incurable” conditions as chronic joint pain, infertility, Crohn’s Disease, and a host of other conditions.

The fundamental idea behind Chinese medicine is that the human body is able to heal itself of many of the illnesses and injuries experienced, so long as the body’s energy flow, or Qi, is uninterrupted.

What Is Acupuncture?

The first thoughts that come to mind when most people hear the word “acupuncture” are needles and the pain normally associated with injections. The needles used in acupuncture are as fine as a human hair, as they have no need for a hollow tube like those used with syringes. Generally, there is little to no pain experienced during these procedures. The needles are used to stimulate blood flow and bioelectric activity along a specific pathway within the body. While scientific researchers debate over the effectiveness of acupuncture, patients around the globe have found relief from conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, digestive conditions, headaches, migraines, weight loss, infertility, depression, fibromyalgia, and many other medical conditions.

Teas & Tonics, or Terrible Side Effects

The FDA’s requirement that pharmaceutical companies announce the side effects of their prescription medications in all advertisements has made those commercials tragic enough to almost be humorous. Most often than not, the side effects are worse than the initial condition being treated! Instead of risking other systems within your body to the ravages of prescription chemicals, Chinese medicine offers well-established regimes of herbal teas and tonics to bring about and maintain powerful health.

A Toast to Cupping

Cupping is the practice of using heated glass or ceramic cups to relax muscles and draw out toxins. Cupping draws toxins to the skin surface, where they are more easily removed from the body through sweating and respiration.

If you have not been happy with the results from Western medicine, perhaps it’s time to take a look at a method of healing that has a longer history and some amazing success stories. While not the answer to every health challenge, in many cases, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be a part of one’s healing journey when Western medicine have failed them.

Wishing you health and healing!

By: articlescharmen

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Chris Harmen writes about the benefits of Chinese Medicine modalities including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, and herbal teas. Outdating Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine has demonstrated its ability to provide relief from many seemingly “incurable” medical conditions.

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What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system of diagnosis and health care that has evolved over the last 3000 years. The Chinese approach to understanding the human body is unique. It is based on the holistic concept of the universe outlined in the spiritual insights of Daoism, and it has produced a highly sophisticated set of practices designed to cure illness and to maintain health and well being.

These practices include acupuncture, herbal remedies, diet, Tui na massage, meditation and both static and moving exercises call Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Although all these practices appear different in approach, they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions about the nature of the human body and its place in the universe.

The world view that underpins the principles and practices of Chinese medicine is based on the Daoist understanding of a universe where everything is interdependent and mutually interactive. Nothing is excluded; nothing is analyzed or interpreted without reference to the whole. To understand what Chinese medicine is all about, it is important first to explore this idea of holism which is best explained by the concept of Yin and Yang.

The concept of Yin-Yang is fundamental to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The idea of yin and yang developed from observing the physical world. It was observed that nature appears to group into pairs of mutually dependant opposites, each giving meaning to the other. For example, night has no meaning without the concept of Day, the concept of up doesn’t mean much without the idea of down. The idea of yin and yang is essentially a descriptor of the dynamic interactions that underpin all aspects of the universe. Yin and yang shouldn’t be thought of as things but as a key to a way of thinking about the world.

Along with the concept of yin and yang, there are other fundamental ideas or energies that define TCM. The theory of the Five Elements also comes from observation of the various groups of dynamic processes, functions and characteristics observed in the natural world.

The energies of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water relate to both the natural world and the human body. Further to Yin/Yang and the Five Elements there are the basic substances that make up the universe and the human body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine terms these are called the Qi (chee), Jing essence, the Shen or mind/spirit, the blood and body fluids.

Meridians, or energy pathways of the body, have been mapped out and acupoints determined along them. These points and meridians are stimulated by acupuncture, the insertion of fine needles into the skin, or acupressure (massaging and pressing on these acupoints). Traditional Chinese Medicine also uses herbal medicine, cupping and Gua Sha or scraping, auricular therapy, Tui na massage and physical exercises like Tai Chi and Qi gong.

By: Jennifer Gawne

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To learn more, visit the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences online. ACOS is a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture School offering 3, 4 and 5 year fully-accredited diploma programs.

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