Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM as it is more commonly known) is a whole system of medicine that can act as a standalone needle-free therapy or is quite commonly employed alongside Acupuncture. There are several aspects to it and these include:
This is an advanced form of Chinese Massage and gentle joint manipulations making use of pressure points, stretching and massage techniques. Tui Na employs the same principles of treatment and diagnosis as Acupuncture but treatment is carried out using only hands, ﬁngers, thumbs and wrists.
Special plastic or glass jars are placed on the body which then use vacuum pressure to draw the body's soft tissues into the cups to improve the ﬂow of blood and qi. Many Hollywood stars (including Gwyneth Paltrow) are fans of this ancient therapy.
This involves the burning of a special Chinese herb called Artemis Vulgaris (or Mugwort.) It has many forms of application but the common aim of moxibustion is to encourage heat, blood ﬂow and qi circulation into areas of the body that are deemed to be too cold. This helps the affected areas and organs to function more efﬁciently as well as helping to relieve pain.
The concept behind magnet therapy is that contained within the blood are tiny iron particles called haemoglobin. The aim is to place the magnets on the areas of the body that are lacking blood ﬂow. The iron particles in the blood are drawn to those areas, which in turn helps to reduce pain and inﬂammation.
This takes the form of prescribing tablets made up using only natural herbal ingredients to treat speciﬁc conditions or syndromes and to balance the ﬂow of Yin and Yang energies. Because all ingredients are only made of natural herbs it is quite safe to use them alongside prescription medicines.