As regulated health professionals, our practitioners are required to maintain and advance their knowledge, skills, and training through continuing education programs. We encourage you to read the bios of individual TCM therapists , or to speak with reception to find a good fit for you. TCM is a comprehensive system comprised of a range of traditional therapies including, but not limited to: acupuncture or acupressure the use of needles or pressure to stimulate therapeutic points on the body , moxibustion the application or burning of herbs on or near body surfaces , cupping the application of suction cups to body surfaces , guasha the use of a soft tissue tool on the body , tuina Chinese massage , herbal medicine the use of teas, powders, pills etc.
If you have extended health benefits, your acupuncture treatment will most likely be fully or partially covered. We offer the convenience of direct billing at Geometry. Contact us for details.
Hours: Mon — Sat 8am — 8pm, Sun 10am — 6pm. What is TCM? Benefits of Acupuncture. By observing natural law in action, ancient healers recognized five basic elements in the world—wood mu , fire huo , earth tu , metal jin , and water shui —and found that these elements have myriad correspondences, both visible and invisible. This framework helps skilled TCM practitioners to identify unbalanced relationships.
For instance, one key correspondence relates to time of day. Using the five-element theory, the practitioner can create a healing plan that might contain such components as acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle changes, and foods for healing. It might also include Chinese psychology, which shows how the energy of unbalanced emotions can affect proper organ function. Traditional Chinese medicine. Article Media. Info Print Print. Table Of Contents. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback.
Some animal parts used as medicinals can be considered rather strange such as cows' gallstones,  hornet's nests,  leeches ,  and scorpion. Some medicinals can include the parts of endangered species, including tiger bones  and rhinoceros horn  which is used for many ailments though not as an aphrodisiac as is commonly misunderstood in the West.
Since TCM recognizes bear bile as a medicinal, more than 12, asiatic black bears are held in bear farms. The bile is extracted through a permanent hole in the abdomen leading to the gall bladder , which can cause severe pain. This can lead to bears trying to kill themselves. As of , approximately 10, bears are farmed in China for their bile.
Medicinal tiger parts from poached animals include tiger penis , believed to improve virility, and tiger eyes. The tortoise freshwater turtle , guiban and turtle Chinese softshell turtle , biejia species used in traditional Chinese medicine are raised on farms, while restrictions are made on the accumulation and export of other endangered species.
Traditional Chinese Medicine also includes some human parts: the classic Materia medica Bencao Gangmu describes also criticizes the use of 35 human body parts and excreta in medicines, including bones, fingernail, hairs, dandruff, earwax, impurities on the teeth, feces, urine, sweat, organs, but most are no longer in use.
Recently, some cases related to the equivalence of effect between granules and decoction have been reported. The overall efficacy of the TCM formula is a result of the mixture of chemical components in the multiple medicinal herbs [ 76 ]. Stories of Discovery. Its name comes from the Chinese words tui push and na grasp. Thus, cultivation is being adopted to solve the problems caused by wild harvesting. The application of metabolomic and chemometric techniques to these complex and multicomponent medicines is of interest to understand the interrelationships between composition, synergy and therapeutic activity. We use teas, concentrated powders, capsules, pills, tinctures, liniments, poultices, plasters and soaks.
Human placenta has been used an ingredient in certain traditional Chinese medicines,  including using dried human placenta, known as "Ziheche", to treat infertility, impotence and other conditions. As of [update] there were not enough good-quality trials of herbal therapies to allow their effectiveness to be determined. Fifty percent of systematic reviews on TCM did not search Chinese databases, which could lead to a bias in the results.
With an eye to the enormous Chinese market, pharmaceutical companies have explored the potential for creating new drugs from traditional remedies. One of the successes was the development in the s of the antimalarial drug artemisinin , which is a processed extract of Artemisia annua , a herb traditionally used as a fever treatment. In , Li Shizhen recommended tea made from qinghao specifically to treat malaria symptoms in his Compendium of Materia Medica. Researcher Tu Youyou discovered that a low-temperature extraction process could isolate an effective antimalarial substance from the plant.
Despite global efforts in combating malaria, it remains a large burden for the population. Also in the s Chinese researcher Zhang TingDong and colleagues investigated the potential use of the traditionally used substance arsenic trioxide to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia APL. Huperzine A , which is extracted from traditional herb Huperzia serrata , has attracted the interest of medical science because of alleged neuroprotective properties. However, the findings should be interpreted with caution due to the poor methodological quality of the included trials. Pien tze huang was first documented in the Ming dynasty.
A systematic review found there is a lack of available cost-effectiveness evidence in TCM. From the earliest records regarding the use of medicinals to today, the toxicity of certain substances has been described in all Chinese materiae medicae. Substances known to be potentially dangerous include Aconitum ,   secretions from the Asiatic toad ,  powdered centipede,  the Chinese beetle Mylabris phalerata ,  certain fungi,  Aristolochia ,  Arsenic sulfide Realgar ,  mercury sulfide,  and cinnabar.
To avoid its toxic adverse effects Xanthium sibiricum must be processed. However, many adverse reactions are due to misuse or abuse of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into superficial structures of the body skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscles — usually at acupuncture points acupoints — and their subsequent manipulation; this aims at influencing the flow of qi. In electroacupuncture , an electric current is applied to the needles once they are inserted, in order to further stimulate the respective acupuncture points.
A editorial by Steven P. Novella and David Colquhoun found that the inconsistency of results of acupuncture studies i. A meta-analysis concluded that the mechanisms of acupuncture "are clinically relevant, but that an important part of these total effects is not due to issues considered to be crucial by most acupuncturists, such as the correct location of points and depth of needling A overview of Cochrane reviews found high quality evidence that suggests acupuncture is effective for some but not all kinds of pain. Asian massage is typically administered with the person fully clothed, without the application of grease or oils.
Qi is air, breath, energy, or primordial life source that is neither matter or spirit. While Gong is a skillful movement, work, or exercise of the qi. A match is lit and placed inside the cup and then removed before placing the cup against the skin. As the air in the cup is heated, it expands, and after placing in the skin, cools, creating lower pressure inside the cup that allows the cup to stick to the skin via suction.
It is believed that this treatment is for almost any ailment including cholera. Some of these specialists may also use or recommend other disciplines of Chinese medical therapies or Western medicine in modern times if serious injury is involved. In the Orient, it is traditional to eat yang before yin. Miso soup yang — fermented soybean protein for breakfast; raw fish more yang protein ; and then the vegetables which are yin. From 1 July Chinese medicine practitioners must be registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and meet the Board's Registration Standards, in order to practice in Australia.
The new law standardized TCM certifications by requiring TCM practitioners to i pass exams administered by provincial-level TCM authorities, and ii obtain recommendations from two certified practitioners. It regulates the medicinals and professional standards for TCM practitioners. The eligibility for registration includes a recognised 5-year university degree of TCM, a week minimum supervised clinical internship, and passing the licensing exam. Traditional medicine license Surat Izin Pengobatan Tradisional — SIPT is granted to the practitioners whose methods are scientifically recognized as safe and bring the benefit for health.
The only TCM method which is accepted by medical logic and is empirically proofed is acupuncture.
The Traditional and Complementary Medicine Bill was passed by parliament in establishing the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Council to register and regulate traditional and complementary medicine practitioners, including traditional Chinese medicine practitioners as well as other traditional and complementary medicine practitioners such as those in traditional Malay medicine and traditional Indian medicine. As of July , only six states do not have existing legislation to regulate the professional practice of TCM. In , California established an Acupuncture Board and became the first state licensing professional acupuncturists.
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