TCM IN THE NEWS
Although Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, are thousands of years old, there are constantly new discoveries that reveal the workings of TCM on the human body, psyche and soul.
How does it work?
The practitioner arrives at a diagnosis by; taking a thorough medical history of the patient; by examining the patient; at the pulses on the wrists, the appearance of the tongue, the general appearance of the patient and the dialogue with the patient. Based on the diagnosis, she will select a number of acupuncture points that will address that patient's health problems and work well together to create harmony and balance within the body. The treatment will be perhaps combined with a massage or often a prescription of a Chinese Herbal formula to complement and support the acupuncture.
What is involved?
Acupuncture treatments involve the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific points along the body's meridians (energy pathways). Stimulating these acu-points clears blockages and encourages the normal flow of Qi throughout the body.
How long does a treatment take?
First treatment involves a thorough history taking and can take up to an hour and a half. Ongoing treatments generally last between forty and sixty minutes.
When do I start to feel better or different and how many treatments do I need?
A feeling of wellbeing can occur in the first ten minutes, or may take three to four treatments to achieve. There are many factors which affect the length of the recovery to health period, such as age, general state of health, lifestyle choices, and the severity and chronic nature of the presenting condition. For best results six treatments at weekly intervals are recommended initially. This is best followed by maintenance treatments at monthly to six weekly intervals, these are particularly