Traditional Chinese Medicine






Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) divides the human body into the Yin and the Yang. Chinese medicine believes that the body is healthy when there is balance between these two elements. An imbalance can lead to injury and disease. The core principle of treatment in TCM is to restore and maintain the balance between the Yin and the Yang.

TCM utilises many methods to treat diseases and injuries. Some techniques used include:

  • Herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Cupping
  • Qigong
  • Moxibustion

Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago and is a method of treating an injury or disease by stimulating meridians and acu-points with needles. Fort Healthcare only uses fine point, single use and sterile needles.

How does it work?

These needles will be placed along meridian points of the human body which stimulate healing. The needles can help redistribute the Yin and Yang and help to correct any imbalances to relieve tension, stress and pain.

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is effective in treating the following:

  • Bone and joint disorders: cervical spondylosis, lumbar disc herniation, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and degenerative knee conditions.
  • Pain and nervous system disorders: headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, intercostal neuralgia, facial paralysis and limb dysfunction after a stroke.
  • Gastrointestinal system disorders: gastritis, chronic duodenal ulcers, colitis and constipation.

Cupping

Cupping therapy is another technique that is used in TCM. Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. Evidence has been found of ancient Egyptians using cupping techniques as early as 1550BC.

How does it work?

A vacuum is created between the cup and the skin by burning alcohol, herbs or paper. It can produce a wide range of stimulating effects when placed on certain acu-points or meridian lines. Cupping therapy can assist with increasing blood circulation and reducing symptoms of blood disorders such as anemia or haemophilia. It is very effective in relieving inflammation and fatigue. It can even help with managing symptoms of a cold.

These are some of the conditions that cupping therapy is great at treating:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle ache
  • Flu symptoms
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Epigastric pain
  • Joint pain
  • Shoulder, arm, back, leg pain
  • Soft tissue contusion
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Fatigue and tiredness

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the TCM therapy used by burning the dried wormwood herb “Mugwort” (Artemisia argyi). Although this herb is hideous by name, it is an amazing plant with great treatment applications. Moxibustion assists treatment by increasing stimulation, promoting blood circulation and creating warmth in an injured area. It can help in managing the symptoms of injuries and diseases when applied to meridians or acu-points.

These are some of the conditions that Moxibustion is great at treating:

  • Epigastric pain
  • Joint pain
  • Shoulder, arm, back, leg pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Gastroptosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Menstrual disorders

 

中医概述

中医承载着中国古代人民同疾病作斗争的经验和理论知识,是在古代朴素的唯物论和辨证法思想指导下,通过长期医疗实践逐步形成并发展成的医学理论体系。 中医学理论体系是经过长期的临床实践,它来源于实践,反过来又指导实践。因此,中医学是一门经验医学。

中医认为人体可以分为阴阳两个方面,阴阳平衡则身体康健,阴阳失去平衡则会导致疾病的产生,所以中医会使用中药针灸推拿按摩拔罐气功食疗等多种治疗手段,使人体达到阴阳平衡从而达到身体康复的目的。

针灸

针灸是一种中国特有的治疗疾病的手段,是通过经络、腧穴的传导作用,利用“内病外治”的治疗理论,并通过应用相应的操作手法来治疗疾病的。

作用机理:

  • 疏通经络—使经络通畅,恢复局部气血运行
  • 调和阴阳—使机体从阴阳失衡的状态向平衡的状态转化
  • 扶正祛邪—加强机体自身免疫能力以恢复健康状态

适应症:

根据世界卫生组织(WHO)公布的针灸有效病症,包括:

  • 骨关节疾患:颈椎病、腰椎间盘突出症、肩周炎、网球肘、退行性膝关节炎等
  • 痛症及神经系统疾患:头痛、偏头痛、三叉神经痛、坐骨神经痛、肋间神经痛、面神经麻痹、中风后的肢体功能障碍等
  • 胃肠系统疾患:胃炎、慢性十二指肠溃疡、结肠炎、便秘等

火罐

火罐是中医传统治疗的手段之一,火罐是利用燃烧、抽吸、挤压等方法排除罐内空气以造成负压,使罐吸附于体表特定部位(腧穴等)产生广泛刺激,形成局部充血现象而达到防病治病、解除疲劳、强身健体的一种治疗方法,它对于寒证、血瘀证等有独特的治疗效果。

作用机理:

  • 祛风散寒—温热刺激作用,加强新陈代谢
  • 通经活络—对神经末梢感受器进行良性刺激,从而激发自身免疫调节机制
  • 消肿止痛—促进局部血液循环,促使代谢废物排出

适应症:

感冒、头痛、咳嗽、胃脘痛、关节痛、肩臂腰背腿痛、软组织扭挫伤、痛经、疲劳等亚健康状态的症状

艾灸

灸法是借助灸火的热力给人体以温热性刺激以及艾草的温经散寒、活血通络的功效,通过作用在经络腧穴上以达到防治疾病目的的一种方法。

作用机理:

  • 温经散寒
  • 扶阳固脱
  • 强身保健

适应症:胃脘痛、关节痛、肩臂腰背腿痛、痛经、胃下垂、子宫脱垂、女性白带、月经等异常疾患。