Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Fort Myers.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
Chinese Medicine is the oldest, professional, continually- practiced, literate medicine in the world. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) literature stretches back almost 2,500 years. Currently 1/4 of the world’s population makes use of it.
TCM has been documented by the best educated and brightest scholars in Chinese history. These scholars recorded their theories and clinical experiences from generation to generation.
It is estimated that there are between 30,000-40,000 books on Chinese Medicine still in existence which were written before the turn of the century. Since then, thousands more books and articles in professional journals have been written and published in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Meridians – By stimulation of points on pathways in your body called “meridians” your body can be put back into balance
Acupressure- Stimulating points on your body using pressure.
Acupuncture- Stimulating points on your body using needles.
Moxibustion – Stimulating points on your body using heat from burning herbs.
Chinese Herbal Formulas - For thousands of years Chinese herbs have been used and modified to increase their effectiveness. They work to restore balance in the body. Each contains a combination of different herbs in ratios found to eliminate side effects and enhance the desired properties of the herbs. Chinese herbal formulas are used for both acute and chronic conditions, some being taken for only days or as needed and others for several months to help the body help itself.
Nutrition is a key element in achieving balance and your practitioner is likely to have some suggestions about your diet.
Tui-na or Chinese massage may also be found in most clinics. This massage helps restore balance.
Exercise in the form of Qigong or Tai Chi may also be recommended by your acupuncture physician.
How safe is it?
When practiced correctly by trained, qualified professional practitioners, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are extremely safe. In fact, when practiced correctly, they have no side effects. If a patient reports side effects from a Chinese medical treatment, the practitioner modifies the treatment until there is healing without side effects. This is because Chinese Medicine seeks to restore balance to the entire person, not just a piece or part. Side effects mean there is imbalance which needs to be corrected.
What can be treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine treats the full range of diseases, acute and chronic, traumatic, infectious, internally generated and emotional problems. In TCM these conditions are described differently but here is a sort list of conditions treated by TCM.
- Weight problems,
- Headache & Migraines
- Stress and stress related problems
- Premature Aging
- Auto-immune diseases
- Mental Disorders
- Cancer and coping with the effects of Chemo-therapy
Also, Chinese Medicine is an excellent and effective treatment to employ at the onset of any disease… for diseases which Modern Western Medicine either does not understand or for which it has no effective treatment. Chinese Medicine is often used in conjunction with Western Medicine to speed up the healing process.