Chinese Traditional Medicine

Chinese Traditional Medicine

Use of Chinese traditional medicine is useful when combined with conventional therapies to treat addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma; and to assist in stroke rehabilitation.

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    Does Qi gong help relieve stress?
    Qigong helps to relieve stress by teaching us how to breathe properly, and utilizing techniques that relax the nerves and soothe the body. In this video, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong Expert Sifu Karl Romain describes the healthy benefits of Qigong. 
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    What can Chinese face reading reveal about my health?
    In Chinese face reading, different areas of the face correspond to different areas of your body, which can reveal health issues and help prevent onset of illness. Watch as Chinese medicine expert, Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac. & PhD, explains this concept.
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    Feng shui translates to wind and water and is an ancient Chinese system of design based on the flow of chi (or energy) throughout the home or other environment. Feng shui students are taught to examine the unique energy blueprint of their home or building in order to reveal its past, present, and future potential.

    The goal of Feng shui is to create an environment that is in harmony with the healing forces of nature, a space that is supportive and nurturing. Through harmonious chi flow, space clearing, yin and yang, and Lo-Shu, (dividing a space into eight equal sectors of radiating energy) Feng shui practitioners offer suggestions for improving health, vitality, prosperity, and relationships. Obtaining balance and flow within your surroundings and eliminating clutter may influence the way you act, think, and feel.
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    What should I know before I try Qi gong?

    Unlike many other exercise modalities, you don't need special equipment or prerequisite training to practice Qigong - and you can do it anywhere! In this video, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong Expert Sifu Karl Romain talks about how to get started.

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    What is Qi gong?

    Qigong is a series of exercises that uses the body's natural energy to promote healing and restore balance; breathe, movement and sound are all key elements. Watch as Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong expert Sifu Karl Romain describes this practice. 

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    Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine technique used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance its effect. Also known as "spooning" or "coining" to English speakers and "tribo-effleurage" to the French and Kerokan to the Japanese, gua sha literally means "scrape away heat." It is performed by applying pressurized strokes to the back using a specialized scraping instrument. Gua Sha is used for many ailments from muscle aches to fevers to digestive and gynecological issues.
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    Many historians speculate that massage or touch therapies began as a “medical treatment” in China. The ancient Chinese medicine practitioners believed that when the body was in balance between yin and yang, health was predominant. Yet when the yin and yang were imbalanced, disease occurred. Today Chinese medicine practitioners view yin and yang as a way of seeing life -- that all things work together to be part of a whole; nothing is seen in isolation or as absolute. This attitude is contrary to Western medicine, where doctors may treat a specific illness alone, without taking into consideration the overall health of the person’s mind, body, and spirit. 
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    The word for Chinese medicine in Chinese is "Zhong Yi." Although we usually translate it as "Chinese Medicine," it literally means "Medicine of the Center" since its main goal is to bring balance and homeostasis back to a patient's health. Chinese medicine is a complete approach to health care that has a 3,000 year old pedigree and covers a wide range of therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicines, manual therapies and joint manipulation, dietary counseling, and exercise therapy. In the US Chinese medicine is mainly practiced by licensed acupuncturists, although some physicians may also use some Chinese medical therapies.

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    What are yin and yang in traditional Chinese medicine?
    In Chinese medicine, yin and yang represent the law of polarity, the continual cycle of complimentary forces and energies in our world. Watch Chinese medicine expert, Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac. & PhD, discuss how yin and yang create balance in our lives.
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    The most common traditional Chinese healing therapy in the US is acupuncture, although in China the most common therapy is herbal medicine. However, in addition to these two most common ones, there are many others.

    Cupping: Cupping is a type of therapy that uses glass cups (or sometimes bamboo or other materials), to apply suction to different parts of the body. This is commonly used to treat conditions such as the common cold or other breathing problems. It is also commonly used to treat pain conditions, and research has shown that it can be very effective for this.

    Tuina: Tuina is a type of massage therapy that also combines acupressure, and joint mobilization similar to what chiropractors do. It is also commonly used to treat pain.

    Moxibustion: Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy. In moxibustion a special material made out of an herb leaf (called moxa) is burned at acupuncture points to heat them up. In Chinese medicine moxibustion is thought to have a strengthening effect on the body. In 1998 the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showed moxibustion can be useful for turning breech babies!

    Diet and Lifestyle: One of the most important traditional Chinese healing therapies is teaching people how to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. Since each person is different, each patient usually gets a different diet recommendation.

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