Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which encompasses many different practices, is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 5,000 years. Today, TCM is practiced side by side with Western medicine in many of China's hospitals and clinics.
Although well accepted in the mainstream of medical care throughout East Asia, it is considered an alternative medical system in much of the Western world. TCM is encompassed by five treatments: acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, diet therapy, and tuina.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world today. Through the insertion of sterilized single use needles into specific points throughout the body, it restores balance, health and wellness within the patient. Not only is it virtually pain-free, but it can also treat several conditions simultaneously. Acupuncture is effective for any mental, emotional or physical complaint and often prompts deep relaxation and general wellbeing.
Herbology is the use of plant medicine to resolve different health problems in order to achieve long-term wellness. Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners often prescribe herbs in addition to their acupuncture treatments in order to enhance treatment results. While acupuncture works with the body’s own energy to promote balance and proper blood circulation, Herbology utilizes a diverse spectrum of bioactive ingredients to help resolve problems and nourish the body for full health and vitality.
For your convenience, we keep a wide variety of herbs in stock within our centre. Should you be prescribed herbs along with your treatments, you may purchase them from us in order to begin treatment right away.
Moxabustion is the burning of a herb called Mugwort (Ai Ye) over certain acupuncture points, meridians and muscle groups. Not only can it deeply enhance the benefits of an Acupuncture treatment, but can also be used on its own to stimulate an acupuncture point or to do such things as turn a breeched baby.
Diet Therapy plays a significant role in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as it is the foundation of our lasting health. Diet Therapy can be used to resolve imbalances within the body, nourish the organs and tissues, and build resistance to disease. Food is Medicine and thus Diet Therapy plays a vital role within Traditional Chinese Medicine to help and empower one to resolve their conditions and move towards a state of their highest health and vitality.
Tuina, which literally translates to push and grasp in Mandarin, is an ancient hands on therapy that promotes the proper flow of Qi within the body by massaging the soft tissue and doing acupressure and manipulation techniques to realign the muscles within the body. Both invigorating and relaxing this deep style massage reduces pain, improves range of motion, helps digestion, lowers high blood pressure and can treat almost any Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis.