What is TCM?
TCM has been used in China for over 4000 years and has become one of the most widely used and respected forms of medicine in the world. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient and still very vital holistic system of health and healing, based on the concept of harmony and balance and focuses on stimulating the body’s natural curative powers. TCM uses a wide-ranging medical system that includes Herbology, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping and Tui Na therapy.
At KindCare, our Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic aim to prevent disease, promote and maintain good health, enhance the immune system and increase the patient’s capacity for work, enhanced creativity and pleasure
How does it work?
Within Chinese Cosmology, all of creation is born from the marriage of two polar principles, Yin and Yang: Earth and Heaven, winter and summer, night and day, cold and hot, wet and dry, inner and outer, body and mind. Harmony of this union means health, and good fortune, while disharmony leads to disease, energy imbalance, and weak immune system. The strategy of Chinese medicine is to restore harmony and allows the free flow of energy, blood and nourishment through all tissues and organs. The treatment always aims to bring the body into balance through promoting the production of natural healing substances to relieve pain, regulate nerve transmission, enhance the immune system, regulate hormone and blood flow and release natural anti-inflammatory substances.
Our doctors will diagnose and analyze the basic patterns of patients’ functional entities by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, eyes and be considering the eating and sleeping habits among other things.
KindCare Medical Center offers various forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments including:
Acupuncture/laser acupuncture: Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate the body’s acupoints to treat specific areas of the patient’s body. Acupuncture focuses on improving organ function, alleviating pain and is extremely beneficial for surgery recovery, decreased immunity, chronic pain, cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal disorders, stress, ageing, muscle conditions and infertility. KindCare Medical also offers painless laser Acupuncture as an alternative for patients who are in extreme pain and for children and babies.
Electro Acupuncture: Acupuncture operates on the idea that a person’s qi, or life force, runs through body along certain meridians, and that specific points on the body correspond with these meridians. When these points are ‘activated’ or stimulated by touch, specific complaints of chronic pain or illnesses can be alleviated. The procedure for electro-acupuncture usually involves the needles inserted as in a traditional treatment, but a small electrode is attached to them. This electrode provides a gentle vibration that stimulates the qi running through these points. It is often very soothing to the patient, providing a soft humming and, essentially, a more fluid treatment. The electrode substitutes the Doctor’s’ hand maneuvering of the needle to activate the acupuncture point. This ensures that the patient receives the proper amount of stimulation needed. Also, electro-acupuncture treatments are often shorter than regular acupuncture treatments due to the continued, and often stronger, stimulus.
Acupressure: Acupressure has the same principles as acupuncture but uses the thumb as opposed to needles to relieve stress, tension and promote healing & increase blood flow. Most if its technique are related to acupuncture, where the energies of the body are regulated by manipulating points on the body. This has effects on the emotions and other physical conditions. The points usually called acupoints, pressure points, acupuncture point or acupressure point. It is believed that there are 12 major channels connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. When one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the types of TCM that are thought to help restore balance. The goal of acupressure is to restore health and balance to the body’s channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). KindCare practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s channels.
Moxibustion: Moxibustion is an alternative therapy that involves burning herbs and applying the resulting heat to specific points on the body. It is the process whereby a stick or cone of burning mugwort is placed either directly on the skin or indirectly above the skin, over inflamed and affected areas of the body. When lit, moxa sticks burns slowly and provides a penetrating heat that can enter the meridian channels to stimulate the flow of energy, strengthen the blood flow, therefore releasing therapeutic properties and helping maintain general health.
Tui Na Massage: Tuina is an ancient modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been practiced in China for over 4,000 years. It is a form of Chinese massage and is used for giving special treatments to people of all ages, from infancy to old age . The name comes from two of the actions: tui means “to push” and na means “to lift and squeeze”. In Tui Na Massage a rhythmic compression techniques are used along different energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of the energy (Qi) throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. The muscles and tendons are massaged with the help of hands, and an acupressure technique is applied to directly affect the flow of the energy Qi at different acupressure points of the body, thus facilitating the healing process. This specialized massage technique helps with musculoskeletal disorders, relieves muscle tension and helps with pain management.
Cupping Therapy: This therapy uses special cups to create a vacuum pressure in specific areas of the body. The procedure is usually performed on the patient’s back to promote healing, helps release toxins and to trigger the lymphatic system. Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. Generally, the cup is left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5–15 minutes). The skin becomes reddened due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed by pressing the skin along side it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releasing it. There are two types of cupping therapy, Dry cupping (suction only) & Wet cupping (combination of suction and controlled medical bleeding).
Ear Point Treatment: Ear point treatment is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire body, represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. The acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body’s internal organs, structures, and functions. Specific points can be stimulated by acupuncture needles or manual pressure. This manual pressure can be facilitated with ear seeds that are secured by medical tape. It is a needless procedure. The patient is asked to massage them regularly. Ear Point Treatment helps in weight loss, assist in smoking cessation, enhance mood, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, headache, migraine, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, low back pain, relieve.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used in;
Our doctors will address the root of the problem rather than treat a particular symptom. The therapy is safe and side effect-free
- Neck, shoulder, back pain
- Headache & Migraine
- Sports injury
- Stress management
- Depression & Anxiety
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Asthma, Bronchitis and Sinusitis
- Infertility(support for IVF treatment)
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Quit Smoking
- Fatty Liver
- Digestive dysfunction (IBS, Constipation, Diarrhea)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Diabetes control
- Hypertension control
- Weight loss
Chinese Herbs are powerful plants used to promote and maintain health and to prevent and treat disease. The herbs are used based on their flavour (i.e. pungent, sweet, bitter, sour, and salty) and natural properties (i.e. cold or hot, cool or warm, rising or falling, floating or sinking). The herbs’ flavour and natural properties are used to rectify imbalances, strengthen weakness, improve energy, release toxins, and to regulate the function of internal organs.
Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 2,000 BC. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care.
Chinese herbs are usually used in combinations and raw forms in order to be more effective and establish balance in the body. They are rarely used singly. Combination is more effective and may have fewer side effects.
Herbs acts gently by supporting systems and processes that have become deficient and helps to remove excesses in the body in order to restore the natural balance. There are about 600 different herbs in common use today.
In KindCare Medical Center, after consultation with our doctors, a recipe will be prescribed according to the individual patient. The herbs will be boiled in water for a period of time, with the subsequent decoction reduced to concentrate the active ingredients which is then consumed as a liquid tea. It is also available in a capsules or pill form.
What Can Chinese Herbs Treat?
Chinese Medicine can understand and treat all forms of ill health. The results that can be expected and the length of treatment required will depend on the severity of the disease, its duration and the general health of the patient. Chinese Herbal Medicine is mostly popular for its effects on:
- Immune treatment for cancer between the Chemotherapy
- Skin disease / Acne eczema
- Gynecology / premenstrual syndrome / menopausal symptoms
- Digestive complaints / irritable bowel syndrome
- Respiratory conditions / chronic coughing, asthma
- Disorders of the immune system
- Pain management
- Psychological problems
- Children’s diseases
- Anti aging
- Chronic Fatigue
Herbal remedy solutions are available to suit each and every patient’s needs. The most common and effective method of taking TCM herbs is as a decoction. Through an individual history and assessment, our doctors will carefully prescribe and prepare a personal herbal decoction to help treat disease, prevent health conditions and to detoxify the body.