Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses several modalities designed to help clients achieve and maintain health.
Stress is a natural part of life, but with our seemingly never-ending hectic lifestyles, we are more stressed out than ever!
There are various techniques you can use to relieve stress, such as yoga, meditation and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) especially acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that involves inserting fine needles at very precise pressure points throughout the body. The needles stimulate the body’s natural healing processes in its energy system.
Acupuncturists believe that energy flows through the body system through energy channels called meridians. This energy is referred to as Qi or Chi.
Stress causes an imbalance in the body’s energy and causes it to flow improperly. The Qi can become blocked and stagnant. It must be unblocked and flow freely in order to restore harmonious balance to the body. By stimulating the proper acupressure points, the Qi can flow freely, thereby alleviating stress induced mental and physical symptoms.
Acupuncture can relieve the physical symptoms of stress that tends to accumulate in the neck, shoulders, and back, causing pain and tension. Headaches are another physical complaint resulting from stress. People who are under high levels of stress often have high blood pressure.
Acupuncture can relieve physical symptoms, such as tense muscles, and even help to lower blood pressure. Acupuncture leaves the body feeling calm and relaxed. An added benefit of acupuncture is that it improves the circulation of the blood throughout the body.
Regular acupuncture treatments can help strengthen your body so you’re better able to deal with the day-to-day stresses of life. Acupuncture can also leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
Stress Related Health Conditions
Regular acupuncture treatments can help heal stress related health conditions and improve the body’s immunity to defend against potential illnesses. In fact, in some cases, acupuncture that is being used to treat one condition can actually help detect another, more severe illness that had not been previously identified. In such cases, acupuncture aids in early diagnosis and treatment. In another capacity, acupuncture can serve as a form of preventive measure against illness by alleviating stress and strengthening the body.
The Mind-Body Connection
Traditional Chinese Medicine, in particular acupuncture serves to the treat the mind and body as a whole system. Conventional medicine has come to accept that the mind affects the body. The mental system affects the physical. Stress is a perfect example of the interrelated connection between the body and mind.
The mind perceives life situations and the body reacts to them on the basis of the mind’s perception. If the mind perceives a threat, the body immediately prepares for a flight or fight response in which the heart beats faster and the muscles tighten, just as with stress.
Been feeling so much better since I have been attending the Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have more energy and have been sleeping better.–Jane Keating
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I have received such as acupunct ure, tui na and Chinese face massage are continuing to bring me balance and well-being. Last Friday I literally floated out of her practice! A skilled practition er with a big heart.–Helen Batchelor
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A study done in 2006 at the Berlin Medical Center investigated the difference in perceived pain levels in patients with chronic lower back pain, in which it was found to alleviate pain significantly in the group receiving therapy as opposed to the group not receiving therapy. Among these findings were the fact that acupuncture is extremely beneficial in treating arthritis, and muscle spasm and pain of the back and neck. These studies prove that acupuncture is far more than “in the mind” and should be considered as a real viable option.
Useful Adjuvant For Treating Insomnia
To be clear, there is currently no evidence that acupuncture used alone is able to bring about sleep. However, a large study conducted in china in 2009 found that acupuncture proved useful as an adjuvant to initiate sleep. Subjects in the study were all using medication or herbs to promote sleep, but has become refractive to the effects the medication delivered. By adding on acupuncture, sleep quality and duration were improved significantly over using the medication alone, and best of all- acupuncture sessions had no observed negative effects!
Pregnancy and labour
Acupuncture can be used throughout pregnancy and as a way of preparing the body for labour. It can also be used after birth to improve mood, treat lingering feelings of post-partum depression and even to help manage pain. Certain acupuncture points need to be avoided during pregnancy, but nevertheless it can still be helpful.
Acupuncture can be useful especially in helping manage loose bowels, due primarily to emotional influences. Regular acupuncture sessions can help reduce the influence that emotions have on the bowels, especially when faced with anxiety or stressful conditions.
Acupuncture is quite popular in the West and about a million Americans use it. In the UK, around 47% of GPs refer their patients for acupuncture!
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Insertion of special thin needles in the skin along meridians, allows the free flow of Qi (energy), thus activating the natural healing processes. Effective in physical ailments, pain management, weight loss, infertility (including IVF), women’s health, men’s health, mental and emotional disorders.
- Medical Tui Na
An ancient technique that uses massage, acupressure and stretching to stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms. Recommended in arthritis, sports injuries, back and knee pain, frozen shoulder, and emotional distress.
Creates vacuum on the skin, drawing out toxins from the body. The medical cupping is combined with acupuncture, tui na or oil therapy and treats physical pain, chest problems such as COPD and mental and emotional disorders. The cosmetic form is used in facial rejuvenation and cellulite reduction.
- Chinese Head Massage
A deeply relaxing gentle massage, designed to stimulate the points and meridians on the head, face, eyes, ears, neck and shoulders. Improves eyesight and sleep, relieves stress, and relaxes stiff necks and shoulders.
Local heat application using mugwort or a special heat lamp. Used with acupuncture and tui na to speed up recovery or as individual sessions to maintain health and vitality.
- Oil acupressure therapy
- Acupressure combined with specially formulated blends of essential oils for mental stress, PMS, PMDD, burnout syndrome and pain conditions.
- Stone therapy
Placement of stones and crystals on various points and meridians to enhance healing process. Bespoke handmade bracelets for various health benefits are can be made for the client to wear.