Cancer remains one of the least understood and most researched diseases of Western medicine.
In classic Chinese medicine, there is no specific concept of cancer, though there is of tumors. Many nutritive tonics and herbal medicines were developed to alleviate pain and prolong survival by strengthening the body’s life forces and arresting tumor progression.
Chinese doctors believe the causes of cancer are multiple, including toxins and other environmental factors, called “external causes,” as well as “internal causes” such as emotional stress, bad eating habits, accumulated wastes from food and damaged organs. Two main factors are stagnant blood and a blockage or accumulation of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), the vital energy said to circulate along the meridians, or pathways, linking all parts of the body.
Illness is an energy imbalance, an excess or deficiency of the body’s elemental energies. According to the ancient Chinese, Qi, the life force, controls the body’s workings as it travels along the meridians, completing an energy cycle every twenty-four hours. A person is healthy when there is a balanced, sufficient flow of Qi, which keeps the blood and body fluids circulating and fights disease. But if the circulation of Qi is blocked for any reason or becomes excessive or deficient, pain and disease can result. The flow of Qi may be disrupted by an imbalanced diet or lifestyle, overwork, stress, repressed or excessive emotions, or lack of exercise. Imbalances in Yin and Yang – complementary forces in dynamic flux – also disturb the normal, smooth flow of Qi.
Cancer, like all other diseases, is regarded as a manifestation of an underlying imbalance. The tumor is the “uppermost branch,” not the “root,” of the illness. Each patient may have a different imbalance causing what outwardly looks like the same type of cancer. Each person is unique, so the Chinese medicine doctor attempts to identify the exact individual pattern of excess, deficiency, or blockage that led to the disease. The doctor treats the imbalance rather than a condition known as “stomach cancer,” or “breast cancer,” or so on. The prescribed treatment will vary from one patient to the next, depending on the specific imbalances.
Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that as long as your own healing ability is not completely destroyed, your body can be restored to balance and harmony and can therefore control or stop the progression of the conditions leading to cancer.* TCM is unique in that it places great importance on keeping the body in balance at all times in order to maintain health and prevent illness occurr.
Overall the treatments are soothing and gentle, inducing a state of relaxation and healing.
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Facial rejuvenation with traditional Chinese medicine enjoys a long history, dating back to some 3000 years ago. Chinese have benefited from the ancient, time-tested beauty techniques since, and now so do the people in the West.
You may ask yourself why people choose TCM over modern Western techniques for facial rejuvenation. There is certainly no shortage of the Western techniques. For instance, besides commercial cosmetic products, there are non-surgical procedures, such as chemical peels, collagen injection, fillers, Botox injection, laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion, and surgical treatments, such as micro suction, blepharoplasty and the ever-popular facelifts. But, the thing that all the modern techniques have in common is that they all focus only on the symptoms – the accrual facial problems, and as a result the problems will reoccur sometime down the track.
Traditional Chinese medicine takes an entirely different approach to facial rejuvenation. According to the TCM philosophy, one’s health and beauty are intertwined. Inner health is the source of beauty, and the face reflects the state of the inner health. The facial problems, such as wrinkles, eye bags, dark eye circles and discoloration, are not only blemishes but also indications of imbalance of yin and yang in your body. Therefore, it is only natural that when treating the facial problems, Chinese medicine doctors focus on balancing your body by treating the underlying conditions that lead to the symptoms, rejuvenising your face from inside out – naturally.
Yes, most health funds have adopted Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and massage in their coverage as more consumers have turned to alternative medicine to improve their health.
TCM facial rejuvenation normally involves a combination of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and food therapy. The TCM treatments are directed towards restoring the balance of yin and yang and smooth circulation of Qi and blood in your body. Free flow of Qi and blood ensures that every cell, tissue, and organ are properly nourished, leading to a good health and consequently a rejuvenised face.
Chinese herbal medicine: Chinese herbal medicine includes not only plants but also minerals and some animal parts. They are a rich and potent source of healing energy. Chinese herbal medicine is not applied to treat the symptoms directly. Instead, it is used to balance and regulate yin and yang and enhance the body’s natural healing power, eliminating the conditions that lead to the complexion problems.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture treatment for facial rejuvenation is based on the theory of the channel or meridian system. There are 12 major and 365 sub channels, through which Qi flows. All the channels converge at the neck and then up to the head and face. Blockage to the flow of Qi, i.e. Qi stagnant, in the certain channels will cause facial problems. Acupuncture at the specific points can unblock the channels and reactivate the flow of the life energy, leading to a healthy complexion.
Food Therapy: Food therapy is used hand-in-hand with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. In addition to their nutritional value, some foods have therapeutic effects, enhancing the yin and yang balance and smooth flow of Qi in the body. But, their effects are gradual. Like Chinese herbs, food therapy is used according to the conditions of individual body.
The benefits from the above modalities may include:– Improved muscle tone and firmness of the face and neck,
Acupuncture offers a safe, reliable option for couples wanting to maximise their IVF chances. Clinical studies have proven that Acupuncture in conjunction with IVF increases the likelihood of a clinical pregnancy.
Acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer has been proven to:
* Increase implantation / pregnancy rates
* Lower the incidence of miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies
* Increase live birth rates.
Acupuncture enhances fertility by:* Correcting hormonal imbalances and regulating the menstrual cycle
Acupuncture is a safe and effective drug free alternative to treat most pregnancy related disorders. Even in asymptomatic pregnancies acupuncture has been widely used to benefit both the mother and the developing foetus. Many women choose to have acupuncture during their pregnancy to remain as healthy as possible in order to reduce the likelihood of complications and ensure an effective labour and post-partum recovery.
Acupuncture can be used effectively during pregnancy and post-partum to:* Optimise foetal growth and development, by ensuring adequate flow of blood