“The motion of yin and yang generates all things in nature” – Meh Jiuzhang & Guo Lei, A General Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of primary health care that has been practiced for thousands of years. In Australia, modern day TCM practitioners work to restore and maintain balance, harmony and order in our bodies. The philosophy behind TCM is holistic in nature: when Qi (energy) is free-flowing and balanced our bodies are in health, whereas if Qi is stagnant or imbalanced it leads to disease. Body, mind, spirit and emotions are intrinsically linked and in order to obtain health and harmony in our bodies we must also follow the universal laws of nature to achieve total harmony and health. TCM practitioners often utilise a combination of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Dietary Therapy, Exercise and Lifestyle Advice in their treatments.
In Australia, Chinese Medicine Practitioners are required to be registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency).
Japanese acupuncture is one of a few major styles of acupuncture. The Japanese were introduced to Chinese Medicine in the 6th century leading to practitioners developing many unique theories and techniques. In particular, Japanese techniques often are directed at using the minimal amount of stimulation to attain the greatest results. Much of the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory is still used and most the acupuncture points are used with only a few modifications. Moxibustion plays an important roll along with Ion Pumping cords, Hara Diagnosis, Meridian Theory, 5 Element Theory and Circadian Clock.
Japanese Acupuncture is also a gentler form of needling than Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses finer needles and many non-insertive needle techniques to help rebalance the body, mind and spirit. Perfect for someone who isn’t fond of needles. The wide variety of tools make it suitable to treat most conditions.
Qigong is the ancient practice of Qi Cultivation and the deep inner experience of our life force. It is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi (pronounced chee) is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong (pronounced gung) means to cultivate or master.
The practice of Qigong can lead to:
Increased Vitality: by cultivating Qi in your major energy centres and circulating energy to every cell.
Inner Joy and Peace: by learning to smile internally, releasing tension and accessing inner stillness.
Deeper Relationships: through practising gratitude, empathy and whole body listening.
Flexibility of Mind and Body: by balancing your energy system and being in tune with the natural rhythm of life.
Clarity of Life Purpose: by dissolving energy blockages and opening fully to the present moment.
Heart Centred Service: by refining your inner energy and gifting your abundance of Qi to others and our planet.
Chinese Medicine Dietary Therapy
Chinese Medicine has a 3000-year-old tradition of treating food as medicine. It looks at the energetics of food and how to prepare food in a way the nourishes the body, mind and spirit. Food is divided into categories of Yin and Yang, the 5 seasons and different thermal and energetic natures. In Chinese Medicine, each season corresponds to different organs in the body.
Summer is the time of the Heart. The Heart is considered the Emperor and governs the interplay between all the other organs. At this hot time of the year it is important to conserve the Yin energy of the body by cooking with slightly cooling or neutral foods with a touch of bitterness incorporated to support the Heart during summer.