TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINES
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a framework of health that truly is aimed for longevity. In fact, health and longevity in TCM is defined by balance. When one is out of balance, disease and old age sets in. TCM is based on five independent branches: exercise, nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage. With this framework, a TCM practitioner balances out energy (Qi) and gives advice to help promote longevity and balance.
DRY TRIGGER POINT NEEDLING
People today are very familiar with acupuncturists that needles into the skin at various sites. What is less commonly known is that this is just one system of dry trigger point needling.
In fact the earliest medicinal agents archaeologists have found were located in Europe in the bogs that can preserve organic matter for thousands of years. What did they find? Of course some herbs in a satchel, but they also found a bone-needle acupuncture like device. There are a variety of approaches to trigger point acu-needling. For example the zone methods of Fitzgerald, or Heads Zones, or Travels, Chapmans, etc. Many of these systems have identified locations similar to those in Chinese Medicine. By inserting very thin completely sterile disposable needles at various sites on the body the flow of blood and biological energy through the area is enhanced. If we imagine that the flow of blood and nerve energy in the body is much like a garden hose, and that if the hose is kinked we have inadequate flow of blood and nerve energy to the organs and tissues,
Remembering that organs and tissues need a proper flow of blood and nerve energy for proper function, we can understand then that the role of trigger point needling is to release these kinks and to unblock the flow of the blood and nerve energy and restore function to the organs and tissues. Of course, internationally over several thousand years a variety of ‘reflex’ sites have been identified that can treat apparently unrelated parts of the body. For example treating the shin for problems in the opposite shoulder. This is not magic but sound physiology if we remember that the body has an elaborate sheet of connective tissue of various layers. If we hold down the corner of a sheet on a bed or a picnic table.
Acupuncture is a 3000-year old, form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine. The general principle of acupuncture is to restore energy flow through that body which is essential to health and wellbeing. Disruptions of the energy flow are believed to be the cause of disease.
It is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. The most common method is through the insertion of a thin needle along the acupuncture points of the body.
This is to stimulate the acupuncture points to correct imbalances in the flow of “Qi” throught channels known as meridians. Acupuncture points are seen by Western practitioners as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. Acupuncture practitioners say that the stimulation increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body's natural painkillers.
The benefits of Acupuncture include:
- Relief from chronic pain (migraine, back pain, arthritis)
- Improves quality of sleep
- Lifts your mood and reduces anxiety
- Soothes indigestion and other digestive problems
- Counteracts side effects of radiation therapy