Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back over 2000 years and employs the use of natural and holistic methods for health. Compared to Western medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine is much more focused on disease prevention, while still minimizing current symptoms. The aim of TCM is to correct body imbalances as health is interpreted as an interaction between the body and the outside world. Traditional Chinese Medicine is an excellent alternative to Western medicine in treating common ailments, such as:
- chronic pain
- liver disease
- high blood pressure
- hormonal imbalances
There are various methods within the TCM field that are used as therapies to create harmony for the conditions mentioned, such as acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine.
Differences in Diagnosis
One of the main differences between Western medicine and TCM is how the diagnosis process is handled. With Western medicine, patients usually receive treatment for the symptoms of a particular problem with only the affected area of the body being considered. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the whole body is examined, even if symptoms are only being experienced in one particular area.
When completing the diagnosis, there are four pillars used:
- Looking: Examination through observation.
- Listening: Examination through the sound of a patient’s voice.
- Touching: Examination by feeling various pulse points.
- Asking: Inquiry into symptoms.
An Individualized Approach
With Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a personalized approach taken with every medical problem. This means that two patients with the same problem could be given different treatments according to variations in their bodies. The world and body are understood in relation to the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The life force—Qi—is described as the substance produced by the inner organs that nourish the body and also expresses the functional activities within the internal organs. No one’s body is alike, so patients receive an individualized treatment plan through TCM that is designed to heal current issues and prevent future health problems. The main three types of Traditional Chinese Medicine we offer are:
- Acupuncture: This works by stimulating acupoints in the body by inserting fine needles into the skin. It is considered one of the most popular practices of TCM in the Western world and is used to treat a variety of diseases and pain-related problems. Although the needles seem daunting at first, acupuncture is relatively pain-free.
- Cupping: This is practiced through the use of bamboo or glass jars that are placed on the skin. The suction disperses congestion by bringing stagnation to the surface. As a result of the suction, cupping does leave circular bruising on the skin, but this usually disappears within ten days. Cupping is often combined with acupuncture for ailments related to the nervous system.
- Chinese Herbology: This practice makes use of plants, animal substances, and minerals to treat symptoms and act as a preventative measure. Most extracts have been condensed into a powder form with popular herbs, including ginseng, cinnamon, and ginger.
If you are interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, finding a certified practitioner is important to ensure you receive the highest quality of care. At Mantra Wellness Centre, your health is important to us. Call 403-266-8933 today to discover more about our massage therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and manual osteopath services.