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The tools of TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system with its own diagnosis and a wide range of treatment tools. Below is a non-exhaustive list of those we use.

Each initial consultation begins with a complete diagnosis which includes:

  • observation (skin, tongue, etc.),
  • questioning,
  • palpation and Chinese pulse.

The treatment is adapted to each patient and uses one or more of the methods below.

treatment by acupuncture and moxa

 

Acupuncture is the most popular of the Chinese medicine. The patients receive very thin needles implanted on specific points located on the surface of the body. These points form a network of channels called meridians. They are referenced in an official “map” of meridians.

Qi (life enegy) circulates around the body through these meridians. It protects the human body, feeds the organs, and regulates their functions. A meridian is like a river. When the body has muscular knots they block the flow of qi like branches in the river. Because all meridians are interconnected one blockage affects the complete qi circulation. It becomes out of balance.

The Chinese medicine practitionner uses acupuncture to correct the imbalances in the flow of qi and restore its fluid circulation. When the balance of people is restored, health improves.

herbal remedies at essence of health

 

There are 5’767 medicinal substances currently in use. The Chinese doctor often prescribes herbal remedies to reinforce acupuncture. Sometimes he prescribe herbs as single treatment. These remedies are combinations made of plants, herbs and occasionally mineral or animal substances. This preparation is usually made by a traditional Chinese pharmacist on the basis of the prescription.

There are thousands of traditional herbal formulas. But the TCM practitioner will almost always modify a formula to suit the condition and constitution of his patient. Therefore each formulation is highly individualized.

The patient receives herbal remedies in a dried form to be brewed slowly into a tea, or they may be powdered and taken orally.

 

Tuina is a therapeutic massage specific to Chinese medicine treatments. It uses strong revival techniques to restore the injured part of the body.

The practitioner uses these techniques as well as the stimulation of acupressure points. He thus releases the trapped energy in the body and brings it back where it is missing. Tuina stimulates the body’s defensive qi (life energy) and gets the energy moving in the meridians as well as in the muscles.

This massage stimulates the circulation of the qi in the members and balances its distribution. It also brings muscular vigor, and helps to liberate tendons and joints. In a consultation, when the Chinese medicine doctor uses tuina, he will often combine it with acupuncture.  OTHER MASSAGES

treatment by chinese medicine dietary therapy

 

According to the Chinese tradition, staying healthy requires the respect of the ‘seven pillars to preserve health’. This supposes to know how to:

eat, move, breathe, rest, make love, control the mind, respect the cycles of nature.

On this basis, the Chinese doctor may include health advice and life coaching in the follow-up of his patient. This will help it to have a better overview of its health and the necessary changes to do in its life hygiene.

 

Acupressure uses the same treatment principles as acupuncture. But instead of inserting needles the practitioner uses thumbs, fingers and palms to apply pressure to various points on the body.

The practitioner may use various rhythms, pressures and techniques depending on the location of the point and the therapeutic needs.

We usually give priority to acupuncture in our treatments, as it allows to treat various points together. Acupressure can replace it in very specific cases.


We may use auriculotherapy to complement an acupuncture treatment. Auriculotherapy consists of the insertion of semi-permanent needles in one or several specific points in the ear. They are quite unvisible – the size of a pinhead – and fall off after a few days when their action is completed.

Auriculotherapy is a kind of reflexology for the ear, the shape of the ear representing the human body (foetus). The stimulation of each point stimulates one organ, or one system in the body.

Auriculotherapy is used widely for pain control and addictions. It helps with stress and anxiety, depressions, allergies, vision troubles… and many other health conditions

Cupping is an ancient Chinese treatment method. It consists of application of cups –made of glass, silicone, or bamboo – placed on the body after creating a vacuum that sucks the skin inward. One the suction has occurred the cups can be gently moved across the skin, or left in place for about 10 minutes.

Cupping is used to relieve muscular tension and promote blood & lymph circulation.

We usually use cupping combined with acupuncture. It may be efficient in case of back and neck pains, stiff muscles. It is also valuable for the lungs, by clearing congestion from a common cold. It is helpful for asthma or any respiratory conditions. It helps to release toxins and clear blockages, and promotes the blood circulation.