It is often used to boost the energy, blood and hormones within the body to help it blossom and shine forth with good health.
For over a thousand years, many Chinese have also used its treatments to slow down aging. This has been particularly popular with the wealthy and upper classes in China ...
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into Acupuncture points which control and manipulate energy pathways and electric fields in the body.
Scientists have conducted experiments demonstrating that when needles are inserted into these specific points, electrical activity is increased in the local areas, in Acupuncture pathways connected to them and in areas of the brain.
By manipulating energies many things can be altered.
For example the needles can be used to strengthen the functioning of organs by pulling energy towards and into them.
They can increase activity in parts of the body that have become lazy or blocked up. This extra energy encourages movements to clear the area involved and to fill it with fresh healing oxygen, blood, hormones and nutrients.
Or they could be used to bring energy into the mind to produce a calming and relaxing effect there.
And so on and on.
Simply put needles in the right points can alter energy to create a reaction that causes the physical to change, strengthen and heal.
Contrary to most people’s understanding of Chinese Medicine, it is in fact Chinese Herbal Medicine and not Acupuncture that is the most widely used part of the Traditional Chinese Medical system. Chinese Herbal Medicine dates back thousands of years, with the first recognised textbook, the Shen Nong Ben Cao, written on it in the first century BC.
As far back as humanity existed in China, Chinese herbalists began to experiment on themselves and their patients. And over the millennia through their direct experience and gathered knowledge of millions of human trials they discovered which herbs were toxic and could not be used, and which others were beneficial in the elimination of illnesses. They also discovered a multitude of herbs for strengthening and prolonging the life of the human body and mind.
Thousands of text books have now been written, describing in vast detail the properties of each individual medicinal herb. Books have now detailed over 13,000 different herbs, with over tens of thousands of herbal medical recipes describing the treatment of different ailments.
Unlike Western Medicines, each herbal formula created by a professional herbalist will contain specific herbs tailored to treat not just the symptoms that the patient suffers from, but the underlying weaknesses that allowed the conditions to materialise in the first place. Thus when a patient has been cured from an illness, there is far less likelihood of that condition or a similar one returning.
Because each formula is designed specifically around the status and constitution of each unique patient, a good properly qualified herbalist will ensure that there are no negative side effects; thus making the use of Chinese herbal formulas incredibly safe.
A word of caution, herbs are very safe when administered by a skilled practitioner but are not suitable for self-medication. They can produce strong effects and if used incorrectly can worsen conditions. So please take them under the advice of someone well qualified who understands how to prepare and prescribe them in the safest and most effective manner.
QiGong is a set of gentle moving exercises, combined with breathing techniques and meditation. Its main purpose is to regulate and enhance the vital Qi energy in the human body.
It is estimated that over 160 million people practice QiGong daily in China. It is so popular there as it is believed by the Chinese to be the ultimate method of increasing good physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being; and longevity.
From my own personal experience of QiGong I happen to agree with them. I have yet to find any superior method of increasing one’s health. However, although QiGong is easy to perform and learn, it takes time and devotion to produce significant results. It is only after many years of practice that one gains great benefits.
Chinese Cupping Therapy is used in Chinese Medicine to treat many different types of disorders.
Most commonly it is used to benefit the lungs and to treat the many conditions they may have.
It’s also traditionally used to boost a person’s overall energy and in particular to enhance their immune system.
There is absolutely no pain involved as long as oil is rubbed onto the skin before the placement of the cups onto the area.
On the days after the treatment, you will most likely have round bruise like blemishes in the areas that were cupped. If the cupping has been performed by an experienced professional then these will be absolutely pain-free and will quickly and completely disappear, usually within a week.
My clients particularly like this treatment as it feels like an unusual but very refreshing and relaxing massage.
TuiNa (pronounced twee na) is a form of massage that has been used since ancient times to promote the health of the body and to produce healing from many different types of ailments.
Focus is placed on physically stimulating acupuncture points and pathways on the bodies’ surface.
Through the principles used in Chinese Medicine it can be used for internal conditions but in general it is more commonly used for muscular problems.
Before pharmaceutical corporations discovered there was great profits to be had in the selling of drugs, doctors in Western Medicine used to rely on foods and herbs to create cures in their patients. The founding father of Western Medicine - Hippocrates even famously stated “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
As the Chinese see food as a weaker version of herbs, they have always used foods as a way of healing simple (and sometimes more complex) ailments; and of promoting general good health and strength in the body.
However, over thousands of years, their methods of Chinese Dietary Therapy have evolved into a very sophisticated and specialised system.
They developed ways of understanding and predicting how every food will react in the body and the implications of such reactions. They have classified foods into categories to detox the body, improve energy, strength, mental power, slow down ageing, beautify the skin, tone the muscles, increase the health of each of the interior organs and so forth.
They have not just examined foods but have also looked at how different ways to cook them changes their properties; how eating them at different times of the day and different seasons throughout the year makes them behave differently in the human body; and the reasons why one type of food can produce very different reactions in different people.
Although there is much involved in the system, many of its concepts are profound and yet very simple to understand.
Moxibustion is used by Chinese medical practitioners to stimulate, circulate and increase energy.
It is often used for conditions that involve principles of cold in Chinese medical theories. Cold is sometimes used to describe areas or systems in the body which have become deficient, underproductive and weakened by a lack of powerful warming energy.
The moxa herb is placed on top of needles and lit, or placed in a special wooden moxa box, or more commonly just held over Acupuncture points in a long cigar shaped stick. From there it pushes a special kind of hot energy into the Acupuncture points to regulate and boost the vital Qi energy in them.
TDP Special Electromagnetic Spectrum Lamps (sometimes nicknamed “Magic Lamps”) are often used in Chinese hospitals like the moxa herb to boost the vital energy and stimulate healing power within the patient.