Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective

Image of Traditional Chinese MedicineOver two thousand years ago the Chinese developed a unique system of medicine based on the balance and flow of the body’s vital energy or ‘qi’ (pronounced chee). Qi circulates throughout the body along pathways known as meridians that lead to and nourish all the organs. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of qi, this can lead to health problems from an inadequate supply of vital energy reaching muscles, organs, tissues and cells. Factors that affect the flow of qi include emotional energy (eg. stress), nutrition, weather/seasons, environmental toxins/pollution, illness, exercise, sexual activity and personal constitution.

Qi can be subdivided into Yin or Yang energy depending on it’s qualities, Yin refers to the quiet, introverted, descending, cooling energy, while Yang is active, ascending and warming. In a harmonious state Yin and Yang qi exist together in equal proportion, however when there is an imbalance between the two, qi flow in the meridians is impaired leading to unwanted side effects and poor health.

Our treatments restore the flow of qi in meridians and balance of Yin and Yang to regain health, so the body can function optimally, without discomfort or pain. TCM not only aims to treat the signs and symptoms at diagnosis, but also focuses on the underlying cause of disharmony, emphasising ‘prevention’ of disease as the best way to heal. Where required other TCM techniques are also used to in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effect and include natural medicine (herbal, vitamins, minerals), tuina massage, moxibustion and cupping.

Inserting very fine, sterile needles into specific points along the meridians clears any blockages, allowing qi and blood to flow freely again.