What is TCM?
TCM means Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is a theoretical and therapeutic system, and includes acupuncture, cupping, moxabustion, herbs/diet, bodywork, exercises/Qigong, et al. Unlike the
way conventional medicine in western countries looks at the human body, TCM views the health in a holistic fashion. A human body is viewed as being made up of two opposing forces or energies, such as shown in the Chinese Yin-Yang symbol. When the two forces in our bodies are out of balances, we will then feel sick and symptoms will arise.
A practitioner of TCM and your GP diagnose your illnesses in different ways. Apart from the usual history of the illness, the practitioner will also look at or touch different parts of your body to collect more information about your internal organ and their energies. For example, pulse palpation above your wrist could be used as a way to get some proofs of pathological condition; the changes of information from your tongue can show some changes of internal organs condition or disease.
Once an illness is diagnosed, a TCM practitioner will prescribe a treatment that will focus on restoring the balance of the body's Yin-Yang. Treatments such as
acupuncture, herbal medicine or exercises will be used. In addition, the TCM practitioner will treat the entire person, including both the physical and the mental aspects.
The system of TCM has been evolved by accumulating of clinical experiences of practitioners, generation after generation.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion , also called heat therapy, involves the burning of a cigar-shaped roll of moxa--an herb also known as mugwort, above the acupuncture point. Moxibustion results in a deep penetrating heat and subsequent pain relief. It is an extremely effective treatment for conditions of weakness, sensitivity to cold and pain.
What is TDP Heat Therapy?
TDP is an electromagnetic therapeutic apparatus. With the functions of promoting metablism, balancing some physiological disorders, diminishing inflammation and easing pain, it has been applied in almost all hospitals and some families in China, and more and more used in Europe and USA. It looks like a lamp and feels warm.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
It mainly depends on patients’ conditions. Normally for acute conditions, it takes 1 to 3 treatments to achieve benefits or to be cured. It usually takes more than 5 to 10 visits or longer to see results for serious acute injuries and chronic conditions.
How Long Does Each TCM Treatment Take?
Usually the first visit is the longest in order to allow for a complete history taking and exams - may up to 90 minutes.
Follow-up visits are shorter, around 50-60 minutes, depending on the patient’s situation. Please don't think that the longer the better.
Is There Anything I Need To Do Before or After Receiving An TCM Treatment?
Please read the info through ‘Before You Come’.
Will I Need to Get Completely Undressed?
No. You will only need to expose certain parts of your body, typically your forearms and lower legs and your abdomen. If you need to remove any items of clothing for treatment your underwear will always stay on and you will be covered by towels so that only the part of the body to be worked on will be visible. It is best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes when coming for treatment.
Can I Combine Acupuncture and Western Medicine?
Usually it does not matter to be given acupuncture, cupping, moxa treatment, while treated in internal medicine, osteopathic, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy or massage. It is advisable, however, to discuss with both the patient's conventional doctor and TCM practitioner for the interaction between TCM and western treatment.
Have the Practitioners Qualified for TCM treatment in this clinic?
Yes, all practitioners in this clinic have completed qualification in TCM.
To read more about the practitioners, see 'About Us'.
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