Chinese medicine is a medical system that has been around for over 2,500 years. It is mainly based on the concept of restoring the body's natural balance. At the root of the medicine is Qi (pronounced chee), which generally translates to "energy" in English. Qi flows along meridians that course through the body, and it is when Qi gets stagnated that diseases and disorders arise. Chinese medicine is comprised of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxabustion, and tui na.
Acupuncture is the placement of very fine, disposable, stainless steel needles at specific points in the body. The needles are used to restore the smooth flow of Qi in the body and to restore the body's natural balance. Studies have shown acupuncture to have an affect on the nervous system, muscles and organ function, as well as reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Electro-Acupuncture is very similar to acupuncture, except an electric stimulation machine is used to conduct tiny electric currents through the acupuncture needles. This is done for increased stimulation and stronger treatments. The technique has been proven to decrease pain, speed up the healing of tissue and reduce inflammation.
Chinese herbal medicine consists of a combination of raw, dried herbs that are usually added to water and simmered to make a liquid decoction. It may also come in a pill or powdered form. Taken internally, Chinese herbal medicine can help the body's natural healing process and restore balance.
Christopher studied directly under Dr. Wu
Zuo Lian, Head of the Tui Na Department at Chengdu University of
Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here Dr. Wu performs Tui Na for neck pain on a patient
who had neck surgery.
Cupping involves the placement of glass or bamboo cups over a certain part of the body to help relieve stagnation and increase circulation. It is commonly used for a range of conditions from back pain to common colds.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy that involves the burning of moxa (mugwort plant) over certain parts of the body to stimulate acupuncture points, increase circulation, and/or relieve pain. It is also commonly used for turning breeched babies.