Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

1.Introducing Traditional Chinese Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) traces its root to ancient China more than two thousand years ago. It's a major component of the Eastern medicine. The TCM theoretical foundation is built on the shoulders of legendary Chinese medical doctors and their classic books which were passed down through generations. Their theories were the culmination of countless clinical observations and applications. TCM theories can be considered scientific since it is also a product of the process of observing, postulating, experimenting, verification and modification. The TCM is also a school of unified thought regarding the proper functioning of the human body. The theory covers organs, meridians, yin-yang and the five-element theory. The unique TCM diagnosis methods utilize four steps in the order: visual inspection, listening and olfaction, inquiring and pulse taking plus palpation. Acupuncture, Chinese herb and massage (Tuina) are the three main treatment options traditionally applied. TCM contributes greatly to improving human health not only in treating disease but also in its prevention.

Despite the many advances in Western medical science, the last half century saw the limitation of Western medicine such as potent side effects increasingly being brought to light. In contrast, TCM's advantages and effectiveness are increasing recognized and gaining attention from established medical organizations. TCM is becoming ever more popular in the West.

World Health Organization (WHO) in 1979 approved and advocate for the use of acupuncture to address 43 specified type of diseases. In November 1996, acupuncture received WHO recommendation in Milan, Italy meeting on 64 different diseases, including digestive, endocrine, metabolic, Women's health, nervous system and Kinesiology. The recommendation is now accepted in 150 countries and regions, including the developed nations in Europe, America and Japan. The main advantages of TCM are side-effects-free and being effective in both treating and preventing diseases.

TCM hold the view that the human body is a integral whole, and so is the two-way relationship between the body and the universe.

Chinese herbal medicine is now produced in advanced large scale factorys across Japan and China that adheres to strict GMP quality standards. Herb's essense are extracted and refined into powder forms so that it is convenient to prepare and consume, which allows busy modern day people to bypass the painstaking herb preparation process which used to associate with TCM.

Springwood acupuncture clinic strives to provide the best TCM health care options to Canadians of the greater Vancouver region, using a wide range of TCM modalities to treat difficult health problems.

2. Five Main Treatment Options

Five Main Treatment Methods

The five treatment options listed below have been utilized clinically since early days of TCM. They may be combined to increase the effectiveness of treatment in our clinic.

1. Herb

Patients are prescribed a combination of herbal extracts contained in small vacuum packets. The herbs in powder form are prepared by mixing in boiling. After it is cooled to warm to touch, the herbal solution can be consumed to restore healthy functioning of patient's organs.

2. Acupuncture and Skin Revitalization Treatment (SRT)

Using acupuncture and moxibustion and SRT to improve the flow of energy along body's meridian and body's circulation.

3. NAET (Nambudripa's Allergy Elimination Technique)

There are numerous possible allergens that our body could response to erroneously, triggering an allergy symptom. Using NAET the specific allergen can be correctly identified and furthermore desensitized.

4. Needleless Ear Acupuncture

Since each part of the body is an integral aspect of the whole, the 12 meridians that runs through the body also have representation within the ear. Stimulate a specific area on the ear can effect positive change in the corresponding body part.

5. Tuina(Chinese Massage), Massage Therapy and Bian Stone Treatment

Tuina is used by TCM practitioner to apply physical force on specific part of the body where meridian points are located in order to effect positive change and optimize patient's body. Bian stone therapy take advantage of bian stone's special properties and apply special massage to increase the body's circulation of blood and "Qi". Once the normal circulation is restored, bodily pain can be effectively alleviated.