FAQs about Chinese Medicine
What to expect from your first appointment
At the first appointment you are guaranteed a warm welcome. You will be asked to complete a form in which special attention is paid to your unique medical history. You are asked to bring the results of any recent western medical tests with you. We will sit down together and have a conversation about your health; from this we consider carefully our approach to a treatment plan, share this with you and let you know what to expect and what we are targeting. After gaining your consent that you want to proceed with the plan, we can start the course of treatment.
What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is a gentle yet effective form of therapy based on the Laws of Nature and as such has parallels with Evolutionary Theory…our biology and how we respond to our environment. Like Nature, our health depends on our lifestyle choices, our genetic inheritance and the effects of our external environment. This in turn shapes and affects our internal environment – our mind, our body and our emotions.
Both Acupuncture and Massage work with the body’s natural energy, stimulating its endorphins to unblock and rebalance to regulate our bodies; Diet and Herbal Medicine use nature’s pantry to eliminate toxins, regulate body function and nourishthe body.
What can CM treat?
Chinese Medicine is excellent for assisting recovery for chronic health problems – those ailments which stop you from fully participating in the 4 wheels of life.
It treats many types of illness that commonly occur in men, women and children.
These include illnesses that affect:
- the digestive system e.g. inflammatory bowel diseases, acid reflux, haemorrhoids
- the respiratory system e.g. chronic coughs, sinusitis and bronchitis;
- the reproductive system e.g. painful periods, infertility, PCOS, blocked Fallopian tubes, habitual miscarriage, lactation, endometriosis, no period
- the skin e.g. eczema, Psoriasis, unexplained or unresolved rashes and sores;
- the kidney system e.g. urine infections, vaginal discharges, function test abnormalities, joint and bone pain e.g. arthritis;
- the liver system e.g. migraines, headaches,dizziness, function test abnormalities;
- the immune and blood circulation system e.g. viral disease –seasonal colds and flu, shingles,Raynaud’s Disease and autoimmune disorders;
- maintaining good digestive and blood function during radiotherapy and chemotherapy for cancer treatment:
- pain management for muscular, tendon or bone pain e.g. frozen shoulder, arthritis in fingers;
- emotional disorders e.g. depression and anxiety.
How does Chinese Medicine work?
Chinese Medicine understands how our body is connected through channels that link up the different parts of our body (our organs, our senses, our body tissues and our emotions).
From this understanding it has developed a unique diagnostic and treatment system that offers a holistic treatment for mind, body and spirit.
We need an equal amount of fluid and energy everywhere in our body for it to work well.Chinese Medicine considers the relative balance of fluids (Yin) to energy (Yang) in the different organ systems and their associated parts.
When we are unwell the balance of fluid and energy is no longer equal causing a blockage with pain or discomfort. By understanding how the connections work in the body and unravelling this complexity, Chinese Medical theory can pinpoint where the imbalance is occurring.
Yin and Yang do not occur in fixed quantities; one can transform into the other. Chinese medicine uses this to assist your body into re balancing the Yin and Yang through reducing the excess or augmenting the deficiency and so restoring health to the part of the body that is not working.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No, there is no pain but rather, a dull ache. There are two stages to Acupuncture: The first is the entry of a very fine needle through the skin; then the needle is gently manipulated so the client feels a dull ache; this may be more intense at acupuncture points where there is less flesh e.g. foot
At the end of treatment most clients feel relaxed and re-energised.
In Acupuncture there is no fluid exchange so the needle surface contact is much smaller so fewer nerve ends are activated on the skin. The sensation is more of a tap. In contrast the needles used in Western Medicine have a wider gauge to be able to insert or extract fluid so the possibility to feel pain is increased.