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Review of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) has a history with more than 3,000 years of empirical documentation and practice.

TCM today is comprehensive system based on thousands of years of cross-cultural knowledge of the human body and mind.

 TCM consists of herb medicine, acupuncture, Tui-Na(oriental medical massage or acupressure) and osteopathy, et al. It has

been part of the medical mainstream in countries such as China and Japan for centuries. It is accepted around the globe as a

safe, effective and holistic complement or alternative to contemporary Western Medicine. It continues to be a highly effective

treatment for various diseases and common ailments. Now it is also one of the most commonly used system of healing in the

world. More than 10 million of American people have received acupuncture treatments annually in recent years.

TCM is based on the belief that what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. Similarly, organs

and systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body function.

The concept of Yin & Yang in ancient Chinese philosophy was introduced to explain the basic theory in TCM. Ying &Yang

represent vital substances and forces in the body. Illnesses are described as complex patterns of imbalances of Ying & Yang.

Treatments in TCM is not based on Western medical diagnosis, but on identifying these problems in body imbalances of Ying

& Yang.

One of basic theory in TCM is Qi & Xue (blood) theory. It believes that Qi which is considered a vital force or belongs to

Yang, and Xue which is a substance circulating around the whole body belongs to Ying.The harmony of Qi & Xue contributes

to the health of human body. In case of functional disorder of Qi & Xue, it causes illness and people feel discomfortable. Qi &

Xue flow through the body via channels or pathways, called meridians. According to meridian theory, there are 14 meridians

in the body which conduct Qi & Xue from surface of the body to the organs or between the organs. There are more than 360

acupuncture points along the medians on the body. Acupuncture is a important modality in TCM by the painless insertion of

fine needles into various acupoints on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi & Xue and restore the balance of Qi & Xue of the


The most common clinical diagnosis in TCM is a combination of excess and deficiency of these vital substances(Ying) or

energy(Yang). It is believed that when Qi is blocked or Xue decreased, pain or illness results. Imbalances in the flow of Qi or

Xue cause illness, so only can we correct the imbalances, than the body will restore to normal states. It is the role of the

practitioner of Chinese medicine to determine how the organs reflect excess and deficiency of Ying & Yang and to work with

the patient in choosing a treatment plan to help restore balance. In order to restore the imbalance, there are a couple of

Chinese medical modalities which can be applied. Among these effective ways, Chinese herbs, acupuncture or medical

massage are most used in treatment procedures. Chinese medical doctor prescribes some herbs for patient or insert needles

into acupoints on the body with some manual exaction to adjust or regulate the flow of Qi & Xue along the meridians, thus

restore the balance of the body, and return to wellness.

The more information regarding the Chinese Medicine, please go to website of the World Health Organization which endorses

the use of Chinese medicine, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which offers a long list of diseases successfully

treated by acupuncture. Published clinical trials and research on the efficacy of Chinese Medicine can be found on

 PubMed Central, an online repository for medical research managed by the NIH.


Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM)

TCM has evolved over thousands of years and is safe and highly effective. It consists of Acupuncture, Tui-Na (acupressure

or oriental medical massage), Chinese Herbs, Moxibustion, osteopathy, and other healing modalities. TCM restores patient

health by balancing energies in the body using several methods. TCM uses a "holistic" approach to treat any health problems

at the same time by focusing the whole body to provide medical benefits for patient.



Acupuncture employs the use of fine needles inserted into acupoints along meridians in the body. Acupuncture can be very

effective in reducing or eliminating pain, but is also effective in treating internal medical disorders and woman problems as

well. The acupuncturist may use electrical stimulation or other Chinese medical modalities such as acupressure to enhance

acupuncture effects.


Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture has become widely known and involves treatment of acupoints on the outer surface of the ear for

complaints throughout the body. It is most known for its effective treatment to patients who are quitting smoking or other


forms of substance abuse, or working on weight loss.



Acupressure is also called Tui-Na or oriental medical massage. It involves pressure stimulation applied to acupoints to help

remove Qi & Xue blockages and restore the normal circulation of Qi & Xue. It will improve overall health by promoting the

balance of energy in the body. Acupressure is different from massage therapy in focusing on Qi & Xue traveling on acupoints

rather than on muscles and tissues in the body.


Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs are actually just as important to your TCM therapy as your acupuncture treatment. They are more often used

in China. Chinese herbs are based on the same theories as acupuncture and allow your therapy to continue when you are

away from the clinic. Chinese herbs administered in TCM clinic are in various forms including raw herbs, pills, table or

capsule, powders, and tinctures, et al. Chinese herbs are prescribed by TCM practitioners with great care in selecting the form

of herbs that assures maximum results and best matches the patient's treatment goal. Chinese herbs come in a wide variety of

quality and strength.

Organic or natural products manufactured with strict quality-control guidelines are recommended for you to use .

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is referred to as an "acupuncture face lift" which is a safe and effective way of renewing the

health and vitality of the face. It may repair superficial wrinkles, firm your skin around the neck, eyes, mouth, and face,

reverse the sagging skin, treat acne, sun damage and other dermatological conditions, return you a brighter, healthier looking

face. Facial Acupuncture also can improve muscle tone, tighten facial muscles, and may even improve collagen production.

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is thousands of years old but is quickly becoming one of the most popular alternatives to

cosmetic surgery.

Foot Reflexology(Foot Acupressure/Massage)

Foot reflexology is focused on doing massage on acupoints around your foot area to treat diseases or improve the health of

whole body. Foot reflexology has four effects as follow: 1)promote the flow of Qi & Xue around the foot, 2)help the blood

circulation, 3) holster the immunity of the body, 4) detoxification of noxious ingredients in the body. Maintaining to do foot

reflexology treatment in long term, your health will improve and keep in good status in your life.


Hot/Cold Herb Packs

Hot/Cold herb packs are one of TCM modalities which are placed on surface of the skin to adjust the flow of Qi & Xue along

the meridian and help patient to recover from his or her imbalance of the body. If Hot/Cold herb packs is deemed necessary

for your condition, it is generally included in an acupuncture visit.


Moxibustion is the process by burning Moxa herb with warming and tonifying characteristics, either on a needle or directly on

the skin to help build the Qi and rid the excess moisture of your body. Patients usually enjoy this sensation of warmth and find

it very relaxing. The heat never gets close enough to the skin to burn. If moxibustion is deemed necessary for your condition,

it is generally included in an acupuncture visit.



Cupping is an old Chinese medical modalities performed by TCM practitioner. The process traditionally uses glass jars, heated

to create a vacuum, and placed on the skin surface to treat illnesses such as colds and wetness. Cupping can also be done all

over the body to invigorate the flow of Qi and Xue and to relieve pain and stasis. If cupping is deemed necessary for your

condition, it is generally included in an acupuncture visit. A patient can also come in separately for a cupping treatment if

he/she wishes.


TDP & Infrared Lamp(Electromagnetic Therapeutic Apparatus)

In TCM clinic, practitioner often apply TDP & Infrared Lamp to help stimulate the Qi & Xue traveling on the meridian of

your body. It is considered effective use in treating blockage of Qi & Xue or wetness of your body. If is deemed necessary fo

your condition, it is generally included in an acupuncture visit.


Detoxification & Lipid-reducing Treatment


Acupuncture w/Pointer Pulse Laser or T.E.N.S


Nutritional Counseling

Diet and nutrition are instrumental in maintaining good health! Dietary and nutritional counseling is one of TCM modalities.

Traditional Chinese dietary and nutritional recommendations are fully integrated into the theories of Chinese Medicine and are

key to maintain health and success in a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment. Nutritional counseling usually is included in

an acupuncture visit or can be done separately.


Acupuncture with Weight Loss

Please refer to Auricular acupuncture


Acupuncture with Smoke Quitting

Please refer to Auricular acupuncture