Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
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Chinese herbs are natural substances

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

The following is a brief introduction to Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for people interested in receiving treatment.

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is a natural way of healing.

The practitioner of Chinese Medicine looks at the patient’s body, mind and lifestyle. He examines both the tongue and the pulse, and takes a detailed, relevant life and medical history to help make a “picture” of the client’s health and reach a diagnosis.

Chinese Medicine helps prevent illness. With a good diagnosis the patient can understand the present condition of his/her body and what he/she can do in daily life to prevent further illness.

The therapist uses herbs & acupuncture, diet, moxibustion, exercise and other methods to treat the imbalances that lead to disease. These are gentle forms of treatment designed to support the healing process and will not produce harmful side-effects.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs are natural substances derived from plants grown in China. The herbs are used in combinations, or formulae, which can be quite sophisticated. There may be many herbs in a formula. Herbs treat both the symptoms and the causes at the same time. The herbal formulae are individually tailored to meet the needs of each patient.

Herbs can be used in different ways. Not only can they harmonize the functioning of the organs to prevent illness, they can also tune up the body. When disease manifests, herbs can be used to calm an overactive organ or strengthen a weak or poorly functioning organ.

Although herbs can be used to treat everyday ailments such as colds and coughs, they are also very effective when dealing with more complex and serious illnesses such as MS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


With acupuncture, very fine, sterile needles are inserted into the skin at specific, known points along meridians. Meridians are channels in which “qi”, or energy, circulates. Acupuncture balances energy to prevent congestion in any part of the body.

It is particularly useful for problems of the nervous and circulatory systems.

It helps alleviate the effects of tension in the body and mind, and relieves pain.

Acupuncture is a gentle form of treatment. There can be a prickly sensation when the needles are inserted but this quickly passes. Many people feel very relaxed when they are having a treatment.

Moxibustion & Cupping

Moxibustion involves the use of heated herbs. It warms and strengthens the body.
Cupping, where suction cups are placed on the skin, eases tension in congested muscles.

Diet & Exercise

In Chinese Medicine, there is no particular diet that is correct for everyone. It is considered wise to experiment in order to find the best combinations of foods and eating times to suit the individual. The practitioner can point the patient in the right direction.

T’ai Chi Chuan and Qi-Gong are gentle forms of exercise, very commonly practised in China. They are excellent for improving the condition of the body. They help to prevent illness and aid recovery.

It is advisable to seek out qualified instruction with these or other similar types of exercise.

The Patient’s Role

The patient has a big role in his/her healing. Problems often occur because of unhealthy habits. Chinese Medicine seeks to help the patient understand the imbalances in his/her life. Consequently one can identify and make the appropriate changes. These allow the body and mind to heal and prevent further illness.

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