|Posted by Gwen Williams on May 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM|
I love acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) but only discovered it later in life after many years in science and medical research. I always believed there was something more. The best proof is a body of evidence, spanning many years showing something is true. Acupuncture has accumulated 3000 or more years of data and the World Health Organization has done reviews of all the data out there and confirms it is a safe and effective alternative for many conditions.
I also like the natural and holistic approach to TCM. The Chinese did not forget to look to nature for answers. They kept their ancient traditions, incorporating the old with the new science based medicine. Acupuncture is all about restoring balance and is a very powerful tool for getting the body back to being able to heal itself by removing blockages. As a result, when applied by a TCM practitioner, acupuncture stimulates pain reduction, boosts immunity and regulates the functional processes.
I also have over 30 ancient traditional herbal formulas that have been perfected for specific conditions. There are many individual Chinese herbs making the news as science is discovering what they can do. My formulas contain herbs like Isatis root (flying off the shelves in China to prevent bird flu), Astragalus (highlighted by Dr. Oz recently for anti-aging, immunity etc.). Some pharmaceutical companies are now in China investigating Chinese herbs. My formulas are a valuable part of treatments for chronic conditions.
Within the scope of TCM acupuncture, I do other things like cupping, heat therapy (using mugwort), therapeutic movement (qigong), herbal patches and balms for pain and massage (tuina). I also incorporate western natural healing modalities like TDP lamps, laser (needless acupuncture) and am a great supporter of western herbalists and the work they do. There are so many plants growing all around us that have healing properties! Even a walk in the woods and smelling the earth and aromas given off by the plants is healing, balancing and calming.
Then there is aromatherapy. It has been around for a long time. It is not part of TCM but is an aspect of Feng Shui used to improve the energy in the home. I recently completed a series of courses in aromatherapy and am hooked. Again, there is a lot of science to back up the healing properties of essential oils (they must be pure oils and manufacturing process is important). I have been trying them out at home and in the clinic and am really happy with how peppermint oil reduces headaches; spruce needle oil helps with respiration and how lavender oil reduces stress, for example.