Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is one of the oldest recorded healing methodologies dating back at least 2,000 years which uses acupuncture and cupping therapy. It is a profound approach to health, mindfulness and vitality. TCM is based on the principle that your body and mind are a part of an integrated whole and is fueled by ‘energy’ or life force.
Popular Form of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture
- Acupuncture is a healing technique. Needles are inserted along meridian lines to relieve blockages and return the body to its healthful state. Modern needles are made from stainless steel and are very small and flexible.
- Needles are simply the tools and not the cure. For acupuncture to be effective, the physician must establish a connection with you and your energy.
- Cupping therapy places vacuumed glass, bamboo or suction cups on the skin, based on a similar idea of removing blockages within the body. This is applied on the pained area or at problematic acupuncture points. The suctioning of the cups helps to stimulate blood flow and relieve muscle tension. Although this sometimes leave light bruises on the skin, they will disappear after a few days or a week.
- Cupping therapy is often performed in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance healing. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believes that the body possesses a natural self-healing ability that is waiting to be awakened. The most effective healing technique is prevention.
Energy, or ‘Qi’, constantly flows through our body. It is vital to the regulation of our health, whether it be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. When Qi can flow freely through the body’s invisible energy pathways called ‘meridians’, there is internal harmony and balance within the organs. You are, in essence, healthy. Our daily routines can cause wear and tear on the body. Mental stressors of life cause blockages and restricts the flow of Qi, making you vulnerable to disease.