Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Homotoxicology
Chinese Medicine (CM) theory and practice is based upon a sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic body of knowledge that has evolved over at least two thousand years and through many historical traditions.
The diagnostic categories of CM describe recurring clinical patterns, taking into account both subjective symptoms and objective signs.
According to the CM paradigm, both health and disease are defined by specific characteristics. These include not only the absence or presence of discomfort and pain, regularity of sleep, digestive, respiratory, sexual and other behaviours, but also observable qualities in the patient's mental function and demeanour as well as the pulse, tongue, skin, hair and other physical attributes. In this way, CM is an holistic form of medicine, which views the interaction between the mind, body and emotions as an integral part of the disease pattern and the restoration of health.
CM shares some ideas with other forms of complementary medicine, including belief in a strong interrelationship between the environment and bodily function and an understanding of illness as starting with an imbalance of energy; this is defined as Qi, the fundamental potential to activate and enervate all bodily functions and therefore is an essential force requiring manipulation in the process of restoring health. Underpinning this vital flow of Qi is the ancient philosophical concept of Yin and Yang, a sophisticated interpretation of natural forces operating within both the external natural environment and the internal environment of the body.
Disease occurs when the healthy balance of Yin and Yang is affected. This imbalance may occur as a result of external influences such as environmental factors, pathogens, dietary irregularities and internal stress-related emotional problems which may result from lifestyle/dietary or functional irregularities. The CM view is that it is often a combination of these external and internal influences that may lead to ill health.
Treatment is aimed at restoring the vital balance of Yin and Yang by stimulating the person's innate physiological healing processes.
Classical Chinese Acupuncture helps to circulate Qi through a network of channels. This network connects external acupuncture points with internal organ functions. Acupuncture techniques utilise the shallow insertion of very fine needles placed in strategically important points. In this way Qi circulation assists the natural healing mechanism within the body to be restored to a more healthy state. Chinese Medicine physicians also consider lifestyle, dietary, environmental and emotional factors as part of the assessment and treatment of disease.
CM also places a strong emphasis on disease prevention and health maintenance and the empowerment of clients to play an active role in their own health. Clients are encouraged to learn about the many factors influencing their health and to have regular treatment to maintain Yin/Yang balance.