"Here, eat this root."
"That root is heathen.
Here, say this prayer."
"That prayer is superstition.
Here, drink this potion."
"That potion is snake oil."
Here, swallow this pill."
"That pill is ineffective.
Here, take this antibiotic."
"That antibiotic doesn't work anymore.
Here, eat this root."
- -- Unknown
How does my TCM practitioner choose
which is the best therapy for me?
This would depend on both your
condition and your preference. More than one therapy can be used
simultaneously, alternately, or consecutively. In some cases, it might
be best for you to receive acupuncture treatments several times per
week. If this does not fit into your schedule, your TCM practitioner
can incorporate herbs, food cures, tai chi or Qi gong, ear acupuncture,
and/or self-acupressure, which you can do between sessions.
is actually believed to have begun when warriors who had been hit by
spears in one part of their bodies noticed relief of pain in other
parts of their bodies! Acupuncture needles began as sharpened stones,
but we are much luckier today as the needles are very thin, strong,
flexible, sterile, and disposable.
Acupuncture works specifically
on regulating the flow of Qi (energy) within meridians, or channels,
that travel over and interconnect the whole body. A
Qi deficiency needs to be tonified, while a person with Qi stagnation
needs to have the energy dispersed. This is done be inserting filiform
needles into specific points of the body. The choice of points is done
based on an intensive diagnosis of the patient based on TCM principles.
Local points can be used, as can distal points. For example, low back
pain can be treated with points around the pain location as well as a
points on the back of the knee and near the ankle.
Biopuncture is the injection of sterile biologic
products into specific locations of the body. It is also known
as Acupuncture Injection Therapy (AIT). Acupuncture points can
be chosen based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles and
diagnosis to stimulate an immune response, balance hormones,
regulate function, speed healing, and restore energy and
vitality. Trigger points may also be chosen to relieve pain
and "knots" in the muscles that many have experienced for
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is often employed in coordination with acupuncture. Moxibustion is the
burning of an herb called ai ye (artemisiae argyi) over points or areas
of the body. The function is to remove blood stasis, promote blood
circulation, disperse cold, and relieve pain.
Cupping is another common
technique. Glass cups are most commonly used in North America, but bamboo
or plastic cups are also available. Suction is obtained with either a
flame which is quickly inserted and removed from the cup (generating
negative pressure suction), or by use of a small pump on a plastic cup.
The cup can then either be left stationary or moved with the assistance
of oil. Sometimes cups are placed over needles to increase stimulation.
The purpose is to relax muscles, warm and promote the free flow of Qi
and blood, dispel Cold and Dampness (TCM terms), and reduce swelling
Other acupuncture methods include the use of
skin needles, electroacupuncture, ear acupuncture, acupressure, etc.
Cupping uses small, quick-release suction cups to enhance
circulation, assist lymph drainage, and relax tight muscles to improve
facial tone, drain puffiness, and ease expression lines. It's
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TCM rarely uses only a single herb as it is
important that the herbal prescription be balanced in
too hot, nor too cold, nor too moving, nor too nourishing. There are
over 3000 different herbs to choose from. The formula is determined
based on the patient's TCM diagnosis and it may change frequently as
the patient's constitution changes. They can be taken with or without
concurrent acupuncture treatment.
Each herb has its own
properties. It has a temperature - hot, cold, cool, warm, or neutral.
It has a taste - bitter, sweet, salty, sour, pungent/spicy, or bland.
It has a tendency to travel to a certain organ or part of the body. And
it has its own indications and functions. These properties can all be
altered based on its interactions with other herbs or with the
processing methods (e.g. some herbs are processed with honey first).
It is important for you to
inform your TCM practitioner of any medication that you are taking so
this can be taken into consideration when prescribing your formula.
Sometimes the Chinese herbs can be used to assist the medications.
Sometimes they can take care of the drug side effects. Sometimes they
can help to rebalance the body so that less and less of the
pharmaceutical is needed. When taken properly, Chinese herbs can be
safely combined with western drugs, vitamins, or herbs.
Chinese herbal formulas were decocted. This means that the herbs were
boiled in a pot, drained, and usually re-boiled before drinking. This
method is still used today, but because of time constraints in making
the decoctions, the smell and taste of the decoctions, and convenience,
there are now many other alternatives. Formulas may be given in pill
form, tincture, or dry powder which can be made into teas. Your TCM
practitioner will tell you how, how much, and when to take your
Chinese Food Cures
is similar in idea to the herbal formulas. Foods have properties
similar to those listed above for herbs. Thus, they can be taken to
help re-balance a person back to health. The Chinese consider the
stomach to be like a cooking pot. An over-abundance of foods that are
hot in property (not temperature; e.g. beef) or too pungent (e.g.
chilli peppers) will create too much fire and cause heartburn,
excessive hunger, etc. Conversely, too much cold, raw food puts out the
stomach fire and impairs digestion. Greasy and overly sweet foods also
impair the digestion. Take, for example, a fast-food diet of a beef
taco with fries and an icy cold pop. All of the ingredients are there
for digestion disaster. As with every other part of TCM, food cures
vary from person to person as each individual's constitution is