Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a healing system that has been in practice for over 2,000 years. It is a holistic practice – seeing each human being as an elegant combination of a physical body, a mind, a spirit and an energy body. Chinese medicine engages healing by activating the energy body.
Each human being is an energy system, comprised of pathways, or meridians, that carry qi (pronounced “chi”), the body’s life force, or energy. Qi resides in every cell and every molecule of your being. It’s the “juice” that makes your body, mind and spirit run. When your qi is balanced and flowing smooth, you go about your day with your whole body functioning appropriately and easily – your stomach is digesting, your muscles are moving, etc. You don’t have to think about most of what is happening.
Health problems arise when the body is thrown out of balance. This can occur in any manner of ways – through stress, trauma, over working and fatigue, to name a few culprits. Chinese medicine techniques, such as acupuncture, herbs and heat therapy, aim to re-establish balanced flow of energy. They work to remove blockages in the flow, put energy into a drained system and/or release energy from an overly full system.
My job, as your Chinese medicine practitioner, is to discover where the imbalance lives in your body and then use the appropriate techniques to correct and remedy that imbalance. Balance and flow are the focus of every treatment, along with strengthening your system, so that you are less likely to be pushed out of balance in the first place.