TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM):
The two pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. There are also many other related therapies under the scope of TCM practice, including Acupressure, Tuina Massage, Moxabustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Meditation, and the importance of factors such as diet, exercise and lifestyle.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and continues to be a reliable and effective treatment for many ailments. The technique involves inserting and manipulating very thin needles (single-use sterile stainless steel) into various points on the body. Some points are inserted locally to relax tense muscles, to reduce pain, or to accelerate healing of an affected area. Most points are located along energetic pathways called ‘meridians’. These meridians relate to all aspects of our body and mind, they regulate bodily functions as well as thoughts and emotions.
Through various diagnostic methods the Practitioner is able to determine where ‘qi’ (or energy) running through them may be blocked, deficient, excessive, or simply where it needs balancing. Stimulation of these points and their corresponding functions leads to improved energy flow and overall balance throughout the body. This allows the body to be better able to heal itself, as well as maintain an increased state of health and vitality.
Chinese Herbs have been successfully used for thousands of years. They are prescribed either in decoction (cooked in water) or in powders, granules, capsules or tablets. They are most always combined together into a single custom formula that is specific to the patient’s current state and constitution.
Our clinic stocks the freshest and purest quality Chinese herbs available from across North America and China. Herbs are ordered from farmers and distributors who maintain the highest possible standards. Organic herbs are stocked whenever possible. Otherwise our herbs may be classified as wildcrafted, laboratory tested for heavy metals, pesticides and/or un-sulphured and preservative free. With over 300 herbs of this quality, it is the largest herbal pharmacy of its kind in Victoria.