Chinese Medicine Melbourne
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a natural medical system used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 2500 years.
TCM is based on the principle that energy (qi) flows throughout the body’s energy pathways called meridians and when energy becomes blocked or stagnated, disease and pain results. Traditional Chinese medicine aims to free this energy to regain balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses many techniques; the most common include acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine. Other techniques that maybe included in a treatment are cupping, spooning (gua sha), heat therapy (moxibustion or heat lamps) and massage (tui na) (may include herbal liniments).
Within a traditional Chinese medicine treatment, questions related to all aspects of your health are asked, your pulse is felt and tongue observed to form a Chinese medicine diagnosis. This diagnosis will lead to the best choice of treatment for your condition.
The aim of all the treatments given will essentially be to balance your yin yang energy, free the energy in your channels in order for your health to return to optimal health.
Acupuncture uses very fine, single use stainless steel needles inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. Due to very fine needles and technique the insertion of the acupuncture needle is often painless. After the needle insertion the point is found and mildly stimulated to cause a sensation that may feel dull, heavy or electric. These sensations are benefitial and will create an effective outcome for your treatment.
Your initial acupuncture treatment is focused on getting a comprehensive health history and formulating an accurate Chinese medicine diagnosis. Paul will ask questions about all aspects of your health (remember to bring along any relevant medical document), look at your tongue, feel your pulse and palpate along energy lines to establish the root of your problem.
Your initial acupuncture treatment may be combined with other traditional Chinese healing methods to rebalance your health including cupping, heat therapy, massage, dietary advice and herbal medicine preparation. Ongoing treatments are commonly 45minutes – 1 hour depending on your needs.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Preformulated herbal formulas as well as customised powdered herbs are used for greater convenience. A Chinese Herbal formula is most commonly suggested after an acupuncture treatment and used as a way of enhancing health in between appointments.
All herbs used are from source from quality controlled companies such as KPC Herb and Medicine herb which use ethically grown, animal cruelty free.
Cupping is an effective technique for relaxing and detoxifying muscles. Cups are suctioned onto the skin, drawing toxic waste from the underlying muscle to the skin surface, resulting into relaxed supple muscles. Cupping effectively treats musculoskeletal pain (back, neck, shoulder and leg pain), swelling, toxicity, colds, flu and fever. Cupping is often used as part of a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment, alongside modalities such as acupuncture and massage.
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Dr Paul Carter