Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years and for good reason – it works. While Western science has demonstrated its value in the field of surgical and urgent care procedures, Chinese medicine often provides better preventive and disease management care. Focusing on and using the body’s inner energy, or Qi, to maintain good health, prevent illness, and better handle chronic conditions, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to eliminate symptoms of such “incurable” conditions as chronic joint pain, infertility, Crohn’s Disease, and a host of other conditions.
The fundamental idea behind Chinese medicine is that the human body is able to heal itself of many of the illnesses and injuries experienced, so long as the body’s energy flow, or Qi, is uninterrupted.
What Is Acupuncture?
The first thoughts that come to mind when most people hear the word “acupuncture” are needles and the pain normally associated with injections. The needles used in acupuncture are as fine as a human hair, as they have no need for a hollow tube like those used with syringes. Generally, there is little to no pain experienced during these procedures. The needles are used to stimulate blood flow and bioelectric activity along a specific pathway within the body. While scientific researchers debate over the effectiveness of acupuncture, patients around the globe have found relief from conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, digestive conditions, headaches, migraines, weight loss, infertility, depression, fibromyalgia, and many other medical conditions.
Teas & Tonics, or Terrible Side Effects
The FDA’s requirement that pharmaceutical companies announce the side effects of their prescription medications in all advertisements has made those commercials tragic enough to almost be humorous. Most often than not, the side effects are worse than the initial condition being treated! Instead of risking other systems within your body to the ravages of prescription chemicals, Chinese medicine offers well-established regimes of herbal teas and tonics to bring about and maintain powerful health.
A Toast to Cupping
Cupping is the practice of using heated glass or ceramic cups to relax muscles and draw out toxins. Cupping draws toxins to the skin surface, where they are more easily removed from the body through sweating and respiration.
If you have not been happy with the results from Western medicine, perhaps it’s time to take a look at a method of healing that has a longer history and some amazing success stories. While not the answer to every health challenge, in many cases, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be a part of one’s healing journey when Western medicine have failed them.
Wishing you health and healing!
Chris Harmen writes about the benefits of Chinese Medicine modalities including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, and herbal teas. Outdating Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine has demonstrated its ability to provide relief from many seemingly “incurable” medical conditions.