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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

 

When looking for an acupuncturist or for other natural healing methods, you may have heard the term, “Traditional Chinese Medicine.” What is traditional Chinese medicine and how are Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture linked?

 

What to Know About Traditional Chinese Medicine?

The first thing to know is that there are a lot of practices that fall under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine and that acupuncture is just one of them! Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient practice built around the idea that our bodies can heal themselves and that we should treat the whole body, not just one symptom or disease.

 

Other practices that are considered Traditional Chinese Medicine include cupping, herbal remedies, massage, tai chi,  breathing therapy(Qi Gong) and more. The important thing to remember about techniques that are considered Traditional Chinese Medicine is that they focus on balance and harmony within the body.

 

Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that covers a lot of different practices, so results and effectiveness vary. However, many Traditional Chinese Medicine practices have been researched just as thoroughly as Western medicines. The most studied treatments are acupuncture and a variety of Chinese herbs. Acupuncture is an effective and safe pain management treatment and Chinese herbs can be used for a number of things including trouble with sleeping and anxiety.

 

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine?

It is clear that Traditional Chinese Medicine does not bring on any of the negative side effects that many Western treatments or prescription drugs entail. However, Western medicine does play an important role in some conditions and, for many people, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help ease the negative impacts of Western medicine.

 

Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can help to relieve the pain from chemotherapy treatments and ease the negative side effects that occur after treatments.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a great first line of defense against disease and illness. It helps us treat our bodies as one, whole functioning system. Additionally, if you do need Western medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine is a beneficial complementary therapy to be used alongside treatments and can help reduce negative impacts.

 

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness not only strive to treat the symptoms but also treat the root causes of disease.  Please contact Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness today to see if we can help you!  385-398-4915

Summer Solstice

During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading »

Heart Afire: The Fire Element

The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also their mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart.

The heart season is summer, and heart is considered the most yang: hot, bountiful and abundant. Yang is what is bright, moving, outward, hot and loud. Yin is what is more inward, still, dark and cooler. The color of the heart is associated with red, the climate is heat, the flavor is bitter and it’s paired organ is the small intestine (many urinary issues are due to “heart fire” heat descending). The sense aligned with heart is the tongue, and the vessels associated with heart are the tissues. The heart sound is laughing, and the emotion is joy. The heart houses what is known as the shen, which is the mind and spirit. continue reading »

Fighting Flu Season with Acupuncture

While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to people already having compromised immune systems.

The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a number of viruses. To date, there are approximately 26 to 30 different known strains of the flu virus. This is one of the reasons the flu vaccine has only mild efficacy. The flu vaccine itself, typically only covers five to seven strains of the flu.  Symptoms of the flu include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, pains, runny nose and watery eyes. continue reading »

7 Ways to Communicate Healthy Habits to Your Kids

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As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading »