Acupuncture is a part of a complete health system mostly known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or more politically correct, Traditional East Asian Medicine.
TEAM is a great acronym since a practitioner and his or her patient act together as a team to bring balance to the patient’s body thereby decreasing or alleviating symptoms of dis-ease.
TCM gives practitioners tools to diagnose and treat the body as a whole. Rather than focusing on one or two symptoms, we look for overall patterns by taking into account not only symptoms, but also signs such as tongue appearance and pulse quality, as well as general functioning of the body’s systems (i.e. digestive, respiratory, etc.).
Through this broad view of the body, TCM is able to treat a wide range of imbalances such as emotional, reproductive, hormonal, digestive, etc. This allows us to work on imbalances that manifest as all types of disorders such as fatigue, insomnia, restlessness, palpitations, anxiety, depression, infertility, constipation, indigestion, diarrhea, skin conditions, and more. When one aims to strengthen the body itself, it can begin to correct things we just thought we had to live with and even things we weren’t even “trying” to treat!
The body is constantly trying to heal itself. When we support these efforts, we recover. If we don’t support the efforts, the problems persist and even worsen. TCM treatment modalities; Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture, heat application, eastern nutrition therapy, movement therapies, and lifestyle changes are aimed at supporting and boosting the body’s own healing efforts.
Healing takes persistence and patience. As the body heals itself it may decide to eliminate toxins or require more rest. Your acupuncturist can help you understand what your body is trying to tell you and how to assist it to aid in a quicker smoother recovery.
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Do you have insomnia? Trouble falling asleep? Waking at strange hours unable to return to sleep? Countless health issues can be caused or aggravated by inadequate sleep. Here is why Chinese medicine can help and tips to properly prepare for and optimize quality sleep.
Sleep is supposed to be easy: just stop what you are doing, turn off the lights, lay down and close your eyes, right? This does not necessarily work for everyone and Chinese medicine gives us insight into why.
For thousands of years, the Chinese and undoubtedly other ancient cultures understood that we should follow the natural rhythms of the planet. The Chinese Medicine 24-Hour Circadian Clock (illustrated in the picture) explains how qi (energy) flows through our organ systems (including all channels & organs) throughout the day. The qi is concentrated in the corresponding element/organ systems at the time noted.
Tips for a Healthy Night’s Sleep
Practitioners of Chinese Medicine a.k.a. Acupuncturists study for years and are trained to recognize patterns and symptoms that illuminate an overarching issue that could be affecting your sleep and as a result your health in general. Sleep quality is just one of the signs acupuncturists use to diagnosis and treat patients to optimize wellness.
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What is Bone Broth? Who needs it? What should I look for in my Bone Broth? Why do we eat/drink it? What does that have to do with Chinese Medicine?
Bone broth is simple, bones cooked in water for a long period of time ranging from 4-36 hours. Why would anyone want to do this? As it turns out, this is an herbal decoction! The two main macronutrients obtained from doing this are marrow and gelatin (which contains collagen) which the body can use for healing and repair. In addition to these, small amounts of synergistic micronutrients including minerals and trace minerals are also present.
What does this have to do with Chinese Medicine? Everything! As a traditional medicine built over thousands of years, Chinese medicine has retained the knowledge of our ancestors on what to eat to attain and maintain health and how to prepare food for maximum digestibility and assimilation. There are entire books which describe the eastern nutrition properties of foods and how to use them for medicinal purposes! TCM suggests these ingredients for certain conditions and some Chinese Medicine herbal formulas contain these ingredients as well.
Marrow is known to replenish the Jing or Essence, a yin substance located deep in body structures such as the brain, bone marrow, and reproductive organs. Jing is associated with growth and development. E Jiao is a type of gelatin traditionally used as a blood builder and should be used whenever there is a situation where the blood or blood vessels are damaged or healing is not taking place somewhere in the body.
Who can benefit? People with pain and injury including athletes; those trying to conceive or pregnant; those with digestive difficulties such as indigestion, gas, constipation; people with chronic illness or low body weight and children. Organic and fresh as possible bones and meat are recommended especially when there is compromised health.
If you research traditional cultures around the world, you’ll find bone broth has been used in other cultures as well. Some notes about bone broth:
If you still have difficulties with digestion or healing, you should be assessed for other issues that may be preventing your healing. Contact us for an acupuncture or herbal appointment today!
A final note:
There has been controversy on the treatment of animals for medicinal use.
Sources and Favorite Books on Nutritional Health:
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon with Mary Enig, Ph.D.
Chinese Natural Cures by Henry Lu
Wishing you the best in health!