14. November 2010 · Comments Off on Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a well defined healthcare profession with its practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine guided by a coherent and an evolving body of knowledge underpinned by its unique philosophy, holism and ongoing scientific endeavor. The development of TCM in countries other than China has been started over one and a half century. For example in Australia, the most rapidly period of development was over the last three decades, and the culmination of the introduction of the national statutory regulation of Chinese Medicine in the Australia from July 2012. Under the principle of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), all therapies, Traditional or Orthodox, will need to be evaluated by employing the same method to determine if there are any therapeutic benefits to patients.

Basic knowledge of Chinese medicine includes the philosophy, medical theories, the diagnostic system, therapeutic studies including acupuncture or medicinal substances, and clinical studies. Chinese medical theory includes traditional physiological concepts, the maintenance of health, the processes in the development of disease, and approaches to therapy. Body and mind are viewed as part of a broader ecological system which includes both environmental and socio-emotional factors. The diagnostic system in Chinese medicine involves the identification of the disease state and the underlying symptom pattern. This is often referred to as a dual diagnostic system. Precise diagnosis of both the disease and the symptom pattern type is essential for setting treatment priorities and determining the treatment. Therapeutic studies may include acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional herbal formulae, massage and manipulative therapies, exercise, dietary intervention, moxa and cupping therapies etc. Clinical studies in specialist areas include internal medicine, external medicine (including dermatology), obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, traumatology and orthopedics, eye, ear, nose and throat disorders, and others.

There has been ongoing debate within the profession about the appropriateness of using Chinese Medicine in several gynecological conditions. In general, the trend is towards the integrative use of both Western and Chinese Medicine. A significant number of diseases the treatment options have been influenced by Western medical investigations and diagnosis as well as the results of experimental and clinical studies employing modern research methods. In this article, we shall take several common gynecological conditions for discussion on the current evidence of using Chinese medicine in those areas.

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Acupuncture clifton originated in China to balance the flow of the life force energy. The belief is by inserting extremely thin needles into specific parts of the body along the meridians (pathways which the energy flows through) you will rebalance your life energy flow. Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This boosts the body’s natural pain killers and increases blood flow.

Occasionally a very low electrical current is also applied to promote further stimulation. These practices have been done for 5,000 years in Chinese medicine and are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. There are six commonly used sizes of needles today. In conjunction with inserting the needle into the skin there are several techniques used to relieve ailments. The angle of the needle at each point can create a different effect. Generally the needles are inserted between 15 and 90 degree angles to the skin. The acupuncturist may also influence the needle to encourage stimulation. This would include thrusting the needle, rotating, plucking or scraping. The patient will often have a sensation during the acupuncture procedure, which is necessary. There should not however be any pain associated with acupuncture.

Practitioners are still baffled as to how acupuncture actually works but it’s benefits are undeniable. It has been shown to raise triglycerides, white blood counts and anti-body levels. Acupuncture also stimulates endorphins, and affects serotonin and noradrenalin. It promotes circulation by dilating blood vessels. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of acupuncture is the “Gate Theory.” This theory is based on evidence that there is a portion of your nervous system (the gate) which controls the sensation of pain. If there is too much pain stimulation the gate receptors become flooded. The gate can only acknowledge a certain threshold of pain. If the gate becomes hectic it will block certain pain transmissions being received. Acupuncture successfully floods the gate so pain is diminishes.

Whether you are using acupuncture to alleviate pain or a symptom of the several other ailments it is used for be sure to pick a practitioner who is knowledgeable and uses proper sterilization practices. There is a risk for bleeding and infection if the proper precautions are not taken.

07. November 2010 · Comments Off on Saratoga Springs Acupuncture and Its Definition · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

Saratoga Springs acupuncture is an entirely drug-free healthcare system. It works by restoring the body’s energetic balance and stimulating the body’s natural healing ability. In all treatments sterile, disposable needles are used.

Acupuncture has been in existence for over three thousand years and is increasingly accepted throughout the Western World as an adjunct to or in place of western medicine. Unlike conventional medicine, which is disease-oriented, acupuncture is patient-oriented and promotes positive health. Provided the treatment is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner, acupuncture can be regarded as completely safe.

Practiced in China for more than three thousand years, acupuncture is a part of a complete system of medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other aspects of T.C.M. include herbal medicine, manipulative therapy (massage), diet, relaxation and special exercise (Qi Gong). Acupuncture involves the stimulation of the body’s energy and own healing in the treatment of a wide range of diseases, conditions and injuries. Since its introduction to France in the 1930s, it has become the largest drug-free healthcare system in the world.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, health is based on the balance or flow of energy or Qi (pronounced Chee) in the body. This energy runs through the body along invisible lines called meridians. There are twelve main channels of Qi in the body, each connected to an internal organ.

When healthy, the body’s energy or Qi flows smoothly. When the energy is blocked or disrupted, illness, fatigue, pain and even disease can result. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile disposable needles at specific points along these meridians, thus stimulating the release of energy and the bodies own healing ability. By releasing blocked energy, acupuncture effectively relieves pain, restores energy and improves individual health and well being.

Women can be treated for any complications of pregnancy without causing any harm to mother or baby, although certain acupuncture points need to be avoided if there is any likelihood of miscarriage.