Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM for short, has a long, colourful history. It originated in China over a thousand years ago. It has various methods of diagnosis and treatment which are quite different to modern medicine used in the western world today.
Did you know that a practitioner of TCM diagnoses a patient by looking at a person’s tongue and feeling the pulse at the wrist? The practitioner would then make a customized treatment for the patient based on the findings of the diagnosis. The most well known method of treatment today in TCM is acupuncture. To the layman it may appear that the practitioner is merely sticking needles into a person and turning them into a human pin-cushion. This is definitely not the case. There are lines that run throughout the body called meridians which have specific pressure points on them. The acupuncture needles are inserted into these pressure points to help balance the system of the patient.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many different conditions:
• Colds and flu
• Digestive issues
• And many more..
These days many physiotherapists are also using acupuncture in a system called dry needling. This does not make use of the meridians but rather it stimulates blood flow to injured muscle. It has proven to be quite successful in speeding up recovery time.
The popularity of this beautiful system is growing in the western world. I myself have been making use of acupuncture for many years now and with much success. I was once man down with a terrible flu that just wouldn’t go away. Out of desperation I went to see an acupuncturist. The treatment was a bit uncomfortable but indeed bearable. After one thorough session my blocked nose turned to easy breathing; my headaches had disappeared and the tired, groggy feeling that is customary to flu had almost completely disappeared. I was so impressed with the speed of my recover and so proceeded to tell all my friends.
As an alternative to botox, acupuncture is playing a role in aesthetic treatment too. It takes a few sessions to work but is proving to be successful for helping aging faces to show less lines.
Not many people know this but the acupuncture needle is now a regarded as a medical device by the World Health Organization.
When choosing a practitioner of acupuncture find someone recommended by word of mouth. It is recommended that you make use of practitioners of TCM who are registered with Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa.
For those who would like to know more about TCM or would like to try one of these types of therapy you may contact one of our staff at the store and we will direct you to a registered practitioner.