Traditionally, the village doctor was paid as long as people stayed well. When people became ill, the doctor did not get paid. So the goal is to address any presenting health issues and ultimately to help you stay well. The skill is in identifying small imbalances early, so they can be addressed before they become bigger problems creating serious illness. A minimum seasonal visit to your Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner will be adequate to check in with where any early imbalances lie – catching them early so you can maintain balance.
Treatment usually includes diet and lifestyle recommendations, herbal medicine and acupuncture (where treatment involves the stimulation of specific points on your body.)
Acupuncture has the following specific actions:
A combination of techniques may be used to address your specific needs including Needling (disposable, sterile, single use needles are used), herbal medicine, moxibustion and cupping. Many people think of Chinese medicine, particularly acupuncture, as a physical therapy indicated for musculo-skeletal or pain conditions. However, TCM’s sophisticated understanding of internal conditions means acupuncture can be successfully used as part of treatment for a range of conditions including digestive, emotional, reproductive, respiratory, immune and other health problems.