TCM Wellness Center - About Us
TCM Wellness Center
We are acupuncturists and massage therapists having more than 20 years of experience, and we are good at acupressure and therapeutic massage treatment. Using Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, we can deal with recovery after cancer treatment and different health problems such as stroke and heart disease. The herb we use is effective and safe. We like to help people who have a variety of pain in the body.
We also have different tea, such as flower tea, healthy tea, and green tea. Welcome to our center to try and choose.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses for more than 2,000 years. TCM is based on a belief in yin and yang, defined as opposing energies, such as earth and heaven, and happiness and sadness. When yin and yang are in balance, you feel relaxed and energized.
Practitioners also believe that there is a life force or energy, known as qi (pronounced “chee”), in every body. For yin and yang to be balanced and for the body to be healthy, qi must be balanced and flowing freely.
The main goal of TCM treatment is to balance yin and yang by promoting the natural flow of qi. In an interesting analogy, often used to explain its nature, qi is described as the wind in a sail, we do not see the wind directly, but we are aware of its presence as it fills the sail.
How does TCM work?
Disease, alterations in the normal flow of qi such that yin and yang are imbalanced, is thought to have three major causes: external or environmental factors, your internal emotions, and lifestyle factors, such as diet. Through the use of its therapeutic modalities, TCM stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms. Practices used in TCM include:
- Acupuncture and acupressure
- Moxibustion, burning an herb near the skin
- Herbal medicine
- Chinese massage, called Tui na
- Exercise, such as tai chi and qi gong which combine movement with meditation
In TCM, the body’s internal organs are thought of not only as individual structures but also as complex networks. According to TCM, qi flows through organ systems, the kidneys, heart, spleen, liver, lung, gallbladder, small intestine, and large intestine, by way of meridians. Despite their specific names, these 5 systems correspond to more than individual body parts. The kidney, for example, represents the entire urinary system along with the adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys. The heart, meanwhile, represents both the heart and the brain.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The TCM practitioner will ask you questions about your medical history and do a physical exam to look for signs of imbalance. The TCM practitioner will examine your skin, tongue, and hair, as well as other parts of your body, from the brightness of your eyes to the color of your nails, and check 6 pulses on each of your wrists. The practitioner will also listen to your voice to assess your shen (spirit), and will work to determine if one or more of your organ networks are affected. The practitioner then tries to correct imbalances in your body by providing a combination of the therapies discussed above.
What is TCM good for?
Over the centuries, TCM has been used to treat countless conditions. Western scientists are still studying its effectiveness for various diseases. For serious conditions, make sure you are working with a conventional doctor along with a TCM practitioner. Always let everyone on your health care team know about any medicines, herbs, or supplements you are taking. Some of the conditions for which TCM is known to be helpful include:
- Diabetes and its complications
- High cholesterol
- Back pain
- Male and female fertility disorders
- Alzheimer disease
- Parkinson disease
- Digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome
- Recurrent cystitis, inflammation of the bladder
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart disease
- Cancer recovery
- abdominal Pain
- Menopausal symptoms
- Infections (respiratory, bladder, vaginal)
- Sleep problems
- Diabetic neuropathy
Is there anything I should watch out for?
You should not take Chinese herbs without supervision, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, be on the alert for Chinese herbal medicines containing aristolochic acid. This acid, derived from an herb, has been linked to cases of kidney failure, and even cancer. Also, some Chinese herbs have been reported to contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. Adverse reactions from Chinese herbal medicine and TCM have increased in recent years. Acute liver injury caused by Chinese herbal medicine accounts for almost 22% of total injuries.