Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) differs from western medicine in that it focuses on the body's (called chi energy) while Western medicine focuses on biochemistry and drugs to treat symptoms.

Balance is the basic, underlying theme of TCM. Chinese medical philosophy takes into account the concept of opposing forces in life (Yin & Yang): male and female, heat and cold, day and night, exterior and interior, deficiency and excess. The balance of yin and yang is a central goal of treatments with the belief being that health will follow when the body is balanced energetically.

TCM focuses on the balance of the body's energy flow and the movement of chi. Considerable attention is also applied to the movement and balance of blood and other bodily fluids, but chi is the main focus in TCM.

Illness occurs when there is irregularity or blockage of chi. Deficiencies or excesses are diagnosed to determine proper treatment.

Balance of body, mind, and spirit must be achieved to attain wellness. Whatever affects one aspect affects the other two. Diagnoses and treatment focus on each of those aspects to promote general health and healing. Lifestyle is a key consideration in the application of TCM. Lifestyle is defined in terms of sleep, food, exercise, work and relationships. For true health to be achieved, these aspects must be relatively balanced.

Forms of Treatment

The main forms of TCM include acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal therapy.

Acupuncture is the art and science of inserting very thin needles into acupuncture points along meridians in order to balance the flow of chi, which, in turn, nourishes the body organs that are connected to the meridian system flows. There are 14 main meridians, eight extraordinary meridians, and other less used and less known energy channels. Hundreds of acupuncture points exist all over the body and each point has a purpose and function.

Moxibustion is an old form of acupuncture. The herb heats up an acupuncture point and delivers warmth to the point and the meridian, which assists the flow of chi.

TCM also utilizes the healing properties of a wide variety of herbs and traditional medicines that date back thousands of years. These herbs are typically recommended along with a diet program and nutritional recommendations to maximize the healing properties of the therapies.

Conditions that Respond to TCM

Arthritis, asthma, pain, irregular menstruation, headaches and virtually all other pain, neuropathy, insomnia, depression, multiple sclerosis, allergies, menopause, lyme disease, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia respond strongly to TCM.

Schedule an Appointment

The Nutrikon Wellness Center employs the use of various practitioners and forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. So, whether you're looking for, or have questions about a specific Chinese medical treatment, contact the Nutrikon Wellness Center at (818) 761-1661.