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What is Chinese Medicine?

Over 5000 years, Chinese medicine has evolved into a complete discipline, incorporating physiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment. It seeks to uncover the underlying imbalance, or disease, and works to rectify it and restore balance.

Commonly this is done through acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

The World Health Organisation, WHO reports that:

Traditional Medicine remains the major source of health care for more than two-thirds to three-quarters of the world’s population.

(WHO Traditional medicine, Report by the Director-General, EB 63/WP/2.,15 Nov., 1978,PP. 2 & 9).

Being one of the oldest forms of medicine, Chinese Medicine has been repeatedly tested and proven effective through the accumulated rich experience in its long history of development. Additionally, with the development of integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in China, Chinese Medicine is now serving more people than ever before. Practitioners of Chinese Medicine, nowadays, having been trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine plus all the Western medical sciences, prefer to be known as Chinese Medicine practitioners, to mark this development of the new era.


What is acupuncture ?

Acupuncture is the use of very fine needles inserted at specific points along the Meridian System. This is to stimulate the flow of energy, balance over-stimulated energy points and activate the bodies innate healing and re-balancing mechanisms.

The Meridian System?

Chinese Medicine works on the premise that energy, or Qi (ch-ee), flows through the body via a system of channels known as Meridians. In western medical practice, the Meridian System has been loosely compared to the Central Nervous System or the system of blood-vessels that run through-out the body, and while there are some acupuncture points along these systems, it’s not exactly the same. The Meridian System encompasses all bodily systems; the Central Nervous System, the Circulatory System, the Metabolic System and the interchange of water or fluids inside the body.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The acupuncture needles used are extremely fine and are most commonly painless. There are some acupuncture points around the body, however, that may be more sensitive than others and this can often depend on the individual, on a case by case basis. If you have any queries about this at any time please speak to your practitioner.

Cupping & Qua-Sa(spooning)

Another non-invasive technique that is used to stimulate Qi through the Meridian System is cupping and Qua-sa. Traditionally, cupping is the use of wide-rimmed glass cups vacuumed onto the skin to draw up and remove persistent blockages throughout the system. To create the vacuum a small flame is used to quickly burn up the oxygen inside the cup. The cup is then placed on the skin instantly drawing up at certain points, usually on the back, shoulders and stomach. The after effects can be a calm relaxation and this is sometimes used in massage. More specifically, there are many health benefits to the medicinal use of cupping. Often there will be a bruise-like mark left from the cups, this clears in a few days and is a good sign. Toxins are being removed.
Qua-sa (spooning) is the use of a china spoon to stimulate the Meridian System channels across the skin. This is extremely effective in promoting energy flow through various channels and can have an almost instant relieving effect for some ailments.

What are Chinese Herbs

The first recorded book on Chinese Herbs was written around 3000BC. Herbal knowledge grew in a more or less continuous manner through Chinese Empirical research over the following centuries and continues to do so as it blossoms in both eastern and western cultures today.

Chinese herbs are categorised into groups depending on their function and action when taken, rather than their botanic name. Among the many groups within this system there are herbs for regulating energy, easing rheumatism, reducing anxiety, treating ulcers and tumors, and much, much more. Medicinal Chinese herbs include hundreds of different varieties such as tuberous roots, grains, seeds, tree bark and the stems, flowers and fruit of various plants, as well as their leaves. Chinese herbs even include minerals like gypsum, alum and even certain clays.

When prescribing herbs, Chinese Herbalists will rarely prescribe just one single herb. Herbal formulas are made of a measured balance between a number of herbs that, when used together, bring about a particular curative effect.

At Vitality Medical Health Centre, we offer patent herbs and herbal granular to suit our patients’ modern life style.