Traditional Chinese Medicine is imbued with the spirit of Chinese civilisation and culture. Fundamental theories of TCM include those of Qi, Yin Yang, the five elements, zang fu, the four diagnostic methods and syndrome differentiation systems.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views symptoms as a manifestation of imbalance within the whole body’s system, rather than attributing it to a malfunction of one of its parts. A healthy body is well balanced between the opposite energies of Yin and Yang.
Illnesses that are characterised by weakness, lethargy and coldness are more Yin in nature, whilst those that manifest heat and over activity are considered to be Yang in their essence. Successful treatment is based on treating the underlying disharmony between Yin and Yang, and re-establishing balance.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine therapy uses mainly vegetable, mineral and traditionally, some animal products, with known healing properties combined in a formula, to rectify the over activity or under activity of yin and yang, and to help restore the body to its normal physiological functioning. Chinese herbs are traditionally made up into teas or decoctions and are uniquely formulated to match the needs of the client.
Tui-Na is a form of hands on therapy that has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The therapist uses a number of specialised hand techniques, pressing on key meridians and points on the surface of the body to promote the body’s own natural healing process. Tui-Na aims to regulate the functions of internal organs, harmonise the circulation of Qi and blood, encourage efficient metabolism and help the recovery of injured muscles, tendons, bones and joints by stimulating these specific points. Traditionally, Tui-Na has been a popular therapeutic method in China, both as a way of preventing and treating disease. Clinically, Tui-Na is highly effective for a wide range of common ailments and conditions, including: Stiff neck and shoulders, Chronic lumbar muscle strain , Slipped disc, Sciatica, Frozen shoulder, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Tennis elbow , Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy), Semi-paralysis after stroke, Rheumatic Arthritis, Insomnia, Headache, Hypertension, Chronic gastritis, Constipation , Painful menstrual period, Asthma, Children conditions and Sports injuries.
The Chinese phrase ‘Qigong’ is made of two words, ‘Qi’, which can be interpreted as ‘Vital Energy’ or ‘Life Force’; and ‘Gong’, which means ‘cultivation’ or ‘development’. The principle of Qigong is that when Qi is properly cultivated and managed in the body, a person remains in good mental, emotional and physical health. Medical Qigong therapy involves the emission of Qi by the practitioner into the client, together with an integrated prescription of mental and physical exercises that are practiced to improve health.
These techniques may include breathing exercises, postures, meditation and guided imagery. The client develops the ability to manipulate their qi so that theycan promote self healing, prevent disease and promote longevity. Medical Qigong uses vital energy to take control of illness, if not prevent its onset entirely.
Medical Qigong has a thorough and comprehensive theoretical foundation and treatment, and is based entirely upon the same medical principles as other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as acupuncture and herbal medicine.
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