Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Dietetics
TCM is a very old healing method that regards human beings as a unitity of body, mind and soul. Based on a comprehensive examination, a diagnosis is developed using criteria of Chinese medicine. Then an individual treatment concept is created.
With the different methods of TCM both acute and chronic diseases can be treated.
Besides cupping, dietetics and moxibustion, acupuncture is the most known method of Chinese Medicine.
Diagnosis is developed on the basis of:
- Case history
- Chinese pulse diagnosis
- Tongue picture
This makes it possible to obtain a more differentiated picture of a person that is not based on the conventional medical diagnosis. So in principle to any complaint a treatment concept can be developped according to the criteria of TCM.
The duration and success of a treatment depends on various factors such as the particular disease, disease duration, age and constitution of the patient.
In a treatment, the reasons for your request and the case history are asked for in a detailed first discussion. An Acupuncture treatment includes the examination of the tongue and the pulse, so that an overall picture emerges. On this base the treatment concept is created. The first appointment already includes the first acupuncture treatment. After that we will discuss the intervalls between further treatments. The amount of treatments and will depend also on the duration and severity of the disease.
How does Acupuncture work?
In an acupuncture treatment about 4-10 points – depending on the diagnosis – are chosen, stimulated and harmonized by inserting thin needles. Thus, the self-healing power of the body can be activated and health can be restored. The needles remain in the body for about 20 minutes.
With acupuncture one tries to influence the flow of life energy, called „Qi“ in China, in order to influence an imbalance in the body. The acupuncture points, which lie on a branched network of energies, offer different possibilities to regulate the „Qi“. By means of thin acupuncture needles which are inserted into these points, e.g. stagnation in the Qi flow can be moved, pathogens removed and the body defences can be strengthened.
Possibilities of acupuncture
Basically there are no restictions for treatments with acupuncture. It can be used to treat a wide range of complaints and diseases. It is possibleto treat both acute diseases as well as chronic and internal diseases, e.g. Allergies, painful conditions, menstrual problems, gastro-intestinal disorders and neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Stress symptoms such as insomnia, headaches and tensions also favor a treatment with acupuncture.
The WHO- World Health Organization has created an indicator list that you can view if you follow the link on my link list.
Ear acupuncture is an independent form of acupuncture. Based on a reflexive relationship between ear areas and areas of the body.
For many people Ear acupuncture became famous as a supportive therapy in the treatment of addictions and in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders.
Moxibustion is the name for a treatment where acupuncture points or other parts of the body are warmed by smoldering dried mugwort (moxa).
It acts warming and opening and thus promotes the flow of qi-energy and blood and dissolves cold that has entered the body.
Moxaherb can be used depending on the indication in various ways:
- In the form of a cigar, acupuncture points or painful body areas can be warmed
- In a loose form it can be put in a moxa box , so large body areas as belly or back can be warmed and muscle tensions dissolved
- Small cones can be put on acupuncture needles to lead the heat deeper into the body and to intensify the effect of the needles
- Bigger cones can be formed and put on a layers of ginger for example, to warm special acupuncture points and to strengthen the energy of qi and yang
The cupping method is also well known in western naturopathy.
With the help of cupping glasses a vacuum on one or more parts of the body is generated. This allows better blood circulation, causes an increased meatbolism of the cells and the muscle tone is released. The increased blood flow influences for example local aching body areas.
If the cupping is done above acupuncture points, the corresponding organ systems are stimulated. The flow of qi energy and blood can be improved but also pathogens – in terms of Chinese medicine – are rejected.
The residence time and the strength of the cupping decide whether the method has a strengthening or sedating effect.
On the back – with the use of massage oil – a cupping massage can be helpful to release tensions in the muscles
The Chinese dietary therapy like acupuncture, is based on the principles of Chinese medicine and has a long tradition in China. Nutrition is one of the 3 main sources of energy of the body. The quality and the quantity of the food energy – called “gu qi” in Chinese – is depending on the type of food that is used.
In Chinese Medicine, nutrition is adjusted individually to every person and can help to overcome existing illnesses or help to prevent future disease. In the selection of foods, seasons, environment and circumstances are taken into account.
Depending on the disorders it can be helpful to use certain drinks or foods more or rather avoid others.
All foods are classified in terms of their effect in the body. They are classified according to their abilities to influence body temperature as cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot.
Also the 5 flavours – sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty – are used therapeutically to moisten, dry, strengthen or to purge. The flavours have a direct and strengthening influence on their associated organs.
Chinese dietetics can be combined quite effectively with other therapeutic methods of Chinese Medicine