A General Overview on Traditional Chinese Medicine and How it Works
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
TCM is founded on the idea of balance and energy as well as how it affects us physically. The balance of energy in our body, which is referred to as “Qi”, is represented by the Yin and Yang forces. In order to maintain your health and continue to be physically fit, the balance of Qi in your body must always remain in balance.
Too much or too little of the Yin and Yang in your body is what causes health issues. The basic idea of TCM is to use certain techniques to help restore the natural flow of Qi in the body.
What are the Different Forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture is the most well-known form of TCM that is still being used today. It involves inserting needles into the skin to manipulate the meridians in the body to help restore the natural flow of Qi in the body. It is usually used in the treatment of certain pain disorders.
Aside from acupuncture, herbal remedies are still very much in use today. Whether it’s used as a nutrition supplement or as a way to treat certain health conditions, herbal remedies are used all over the world as a form of natural medication. These can be taken as teas or capsules. The blend of herbs used in this form of treatment is usually tailored to the condition being treated.
It is important to maintain a good balance of both Yin and Yang in the food that we eat in order to help maintain the Qi in our bodies. If you have a health condition, the practitioner will determine if it is a “hot” or “cool” type of condition, and will prescribe the right kind of food to eat for it. If you have a “hot” condition, like a fever, cooling types of food, like green vegetables are eaten in order to help balance it out.
Moxibustion refers to the burning of mugwort near the skin in order to draw the blood to the injured or sick areas. It is usually used along with acupuncture.
Qi Gong is the execution of physical movements to help guide the body’s flow of Qi. Qi Gong also involves other techniques like Tai Chi and Meditation.
Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work?
Instead, it is meant to complement your medical treatment to give you a well-rounded form of treatment to increase your chances of getting better. If you’re seriously considering the use of TCM to complement your current form of medical treatment, it’s highly recommended that you consult your doctor and other medical professionals first so that they can come up with a TCM treatment plan that won’t interfere with your current medical treatment.
Some forms of TCM, especially herbal treatments, can interfere with your medical treatments, so it’s always a good idea to talk to a professional to decide the best way to incorporate TCM into your medical treatment.
Who Can Use Traditional Chinese Medicine?
However, as we’ve mentioned, it’s very important that you consult with your health provider if you’re looking to combine TCM with your current form of medical treatment. This helps guarantee that you have a well-rounded form of medical treatment and to help eliminate the risk of any side effects that may happen as a result.
How Do I Find the Right Traditional Chinese Medicine Provider?
If you’re looking for a Traditional Chinese Medicine provider, look no further than Westchester Acupuncture. We offer a variety of TCM techniques, from acupuncture to nutrition and Qi Gong. All of our staff members are fully licensed and certified to administer these treatments.
When we perform acupuncture on our patients, we use single-use, surgery sterilized needles to avoid the risk of infection during the acupuncture treatments. If you’re interested in learning more about our TCM techniques or you’re looking to request an appointment, give us a call at (917) 273-8912 or fill out our website form today!