Acupuncture is the most well known aspect of Chinese Medicine and may be used alone or in conjunction with herbal medicine, moxibustion (the heating of specific acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), or tui na (Chinese massage). It is likely that the acupuncture practitioner will also offer dietary and lifestyle advice or suggest a course of exercise.
Chinese medicines are predominantly herbs, although lots of animal parts and
mineral form a part of them. Broadly speaking, traditional Chinese medical considers all our daily food and medical products, such as herbal plants, deer velvet and chemical drugs as medicines.
There is a saying in Chinese medicines that the medicinal substances and food share the resources.
More than 5,767 kinds of natural medicines have been applied in Chinese medicine, including about 4,773 kinds of plants, 740 kinds of animals, 82 kinds of minerals and 172 others, about 500 kinds of medicines are most commonly used among them. The majority of Chinese medicines are native in China, there are a few medicines which originate in places such as southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, Russia and the Americas.
Chinese medicines have been used for treatment and prevention of diseases for over 5,000 years. Generally they could help to treat most common health problems and maintain general well-being. For virus infections, like cold and flu and most gynaecological problems.
Refers to the warming or heating of individual acupuncture points or regions of the body by burning the herb mugwort close to or actually on the inserted needle. The heat is able to penetrate deeply into the muscles and essentially strengthens the actions of the needles. By drawing more Qi and Blood into the area, Moxa can greatly aid the healing process. It is the burning of Moxa which gives many acupuncture clinics their characteristic aroma.
The application of vacuum cups to the skin most commonly used on the back to increase the flow of Qi and Blood to the area. Cups frequently will leave circular bruises on the skin but these will not be painful and will clear after a few days.
There is a long documented history in Traditional Chinese Medicine of using dietary remedies and herbal preparations to encourage health. It is not just a matter of eating nourishing healthy food but of eating nourishing healthy food that is right for each individual person and their current state of health.