What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, to treat or prevent health problems.
According to TCM, disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or Qi, in the body. During an Acupuncture session your practitioner will work to remove blockages and promote the free flow of Qi. S/he will do so by placing small thin needles at very specific points that affect the regulation of organs, circulatory systems, immune systems, hormone levels and more. An experienced practitioner can develop a keen sense of how to stimulate or calm the body towards a natural healing state. Acupuncture is a very relaxing therapy and most clients fall asleep during the treatment.
The unique characteristic of Chinese herbal medicine is the degree to which formulation is done. In other forms of herbal medicine, herbs are often delivered singly or combined into very small formulas of herbs that all have similar function.
In contrast, TCM herbalists and doctors rarely prescribe a single herb to treat a person. They create formulas instead that are tailored to meet the specific needs of a client based on his/her patterns of disharmony. A formula may contain anywhere from 4 to 20 herbs that each have different actions, organ focus and functions. The beauty of this method of herbal prescription is that it employs multiple herb combinations, dealing with the condition from all sides and minimizing chances of negative side effects.
The herbs are customized formulas, or modifications of time-tested formulas that have been used for centuries. Formulas are designed to treat the exact phase of the client’s condition, taking into consideration the person’s relative strength or weakness to maximize the chance for health success.
Cupping is a therapy that has been practiced for millennia throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and regions of South America. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, including Galen, Avicenna (Ibn Sina), and Hippocrates, were great advocates of cupping and used it for many types of disease, as well as for preserving health.
Cupping was also used by doctors throughout Western Europe and America from the 1700s to early 1900s. After declining in use by modern physicians for nearly 100 years, it is now becoming known again among the North American public.
By creating a vacuum of reduced oxygen within a cup over the skin, tissue is drawn into the cup, acting on tissue up to 4 inches within the body, drawing toxins and old stagnant blood from deep within the body to the surface below the skin layers.
There are several methods of cupping that can be done using cups made from various materials. They originate from two main methods – “dry” cupping and “wet” cupping. No matter which method is used, cupping strongly activates Qi (vital energy) and blood.
Compared to dry cupping, wet cupping is the fastest, most effective method to move congestion and sluggishness in the body.
For safety reasons, Dr. Mee Lain Ling only wet cups 3 to 6 specific areas of the body in any one session, depending on the client’s constitutional strength and comfort level. After the session, marks may be tender for 24-48 hours and clients are advised to take hot baths with epsom or himalayan bath salts. Marks disappear within 3-15 days, depending on the level of toxicity and efficiency of the lymphatic system.
Medical QiGong has been used successfully in China for over 5000 years to treat these unhealthy patterns at the root of many conditions seen today. For example, Qi emission is used to send Qi energy into the body to charge up the immune system, and help the body restore health and vitality. A full treatment may involve cleansing the body, restoring vital energy and balancing the systems. In China, QiGong hospitals were created to provide effective treatments with great results.Medical QiGong sessions are gentle, yet powerful and are specifically tailored to what each individual body, mind and spirit needs. There is no need to undress. Wearing soft, comfortable clothing is recommended. You lie on a massage table for the session and should feel very comfortable throughout as Dr. Ling works with hands both on and off the body. Verbal dialogue is often an important aspect of the sessions as well.
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