TCM & ACUPUNCTURE
Zoe Nash BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture)
Zoe completed her degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Salford University, UK, in 2006.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses the therapies of acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Massage, and Qi Gong, (along with many more techniques) It has stood the test of time and has been safely and effectively practiced for over 2 thousand years.
And specially Acupuncture
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of thin sterilized one use only needles into specific meridian points along the body in order to enable qi, or energy, to flow freely. According to TCM, illness occurs when blockage, stagnation and/or imbalance within the body goes unaddressed, causing the natural harmonious movement of qi to be disrupted. The skillful application of acupuncture needles allows the body to naturally rebalance, heal and revitalize, and regain healthy circulation of energy throughout the body.
What is Qi?
There is no word in the English language that aptly captures the potency and meaning the Chinese word Qi in its fullest sense.
Qi is energy, electricity, the vital force that is creation itself. It is matter turning into energy and energy turning into matter. Even this description does not capture the essence of Qi..
Qi is the energy that flows as a current through the meridians. It transfers information from one acu-point to the next.
It is the same electrical current, the vital pulse of life comes, that energises the entire universe, all life forms on Earth and indeed inside of us. It is the subtle energy that cannot be seen but can be felt.
Qi permeates every part of the body through the meridians of acupuncture. The meridian system links all aspect of the body into one intricate, interconnected network of energetic communication. When meridian pathways flow unobstructed, they bring back life to Qi, which permeates every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body with energy and vitality.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a powerful way to prevent disease, aid in physical discomfort and catalyze optimum vitality on both emotional and physical levels. Acupuncture promotes natural healing, enhances recuperative power, boosts immunity, (wei Qi) and improves physical and emotional health (the Spirit). It is one of the oldest forms of natural healing, and provides an efficient, non-invasive and painless approach to treatment of variety of medical problems.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can be a powerful healing tool for a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Neurological conditions: Headaches, migraines, facial and trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, dizziness, and chronic fatigue.
- Respiratory conditions: Bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, common cold and influenza.
- Digestive disorders: Spasms of the esophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyper-acidity, gastritis, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, liver and gall bladder disorders, weight control, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Urogenital disorders: Cystitis, prostatitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, incontinence and enuresis and impotence
- Gynecological and obstetric disorders: Premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception and morning sickness.
- Musculoskeletal disorders: Osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, shoulder and neck pain, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow.
- Sporting injuries: Sprained muscles, cartilage problems, and torn or strained ligaments
- Psychological conditions: Depression, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, stress, aggressive tendencies, emotional disturbances and addictions such as smoking and alcohol.
- Disease Prevention Anyone can benefit from acupuncture. It is a preventive medicine – as the old saying so accurately – ‘prevention is better than cure’, as the concept of TCM stands by
- Wellness : Acupuncture promotes wellness, boosts the immune system, and promotes and maintains harmony and equilibrium in the body, mind and spirit. Many people have regular acupuncture sessions because they simply find it so beneficial and relaxing
- Treating unknown conditions : It is beneficial for those that are experiencing imbalance, feeling off, or a ‘mystery &’ undiagnosed condition as TCM approaches the patient as a whole, and treats according to symptoms not only conditions.
TCM approaches the person as one integrated whole, treating from a holistic view perceptive, so any condition can benefit from TCM as treatment is targeting the person not the syndrome. Creating a harmonise internal environment allowing the body to re balance and heal itself naturally.