What is Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the most ancient and continuously practiced form of medicine with a 3,000-year-old history. By inserting very thin, hair-like needles, acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body, to positively affect both the central and nervous peripheral systems, increase blood flow to symptomatic areas, and enhance overall healthy functioning of the entire body.
What is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee“) is the vital energy which flows throughout the body like a river transporting life-giving nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians inside the body each of which are connected to specific organs and glands.
An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam where the congested flow of energy can create or accentuate pain, disease, or impede the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
The acupuncture points are where the Qi can be accessed and manipulated to help boost the body’s natural healing process and also serve a preventive function. Promoting the unobstructed flow of Qi, relieves the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, digestive issues, respiratory problems, and more.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs pair exceptionally well together. Herbalists work from a traditional Chinese medicine text called Materia Medica that lists thousands of plant and other extracts. Your herbalist may prescribe a traditional formula or create a custom-compounded formula for you.
Chinese herbs often take the form of easy-to-digest capsules. But herbal therapy may also involve teas, liquid extracts, granules or powders. Whatever the form, at Impact Healing always uses only the highest-quality products.
Functional medicine focuses on finding the underlying cause of a patient’s health problems, using a laboratory based analysis system to determine what is wrong, using supplements to correct problems with medications as needed, and focusing ever more and more on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, sleep and meditation.
The meaning of the “Functional” part is that in Functional Medicine we strive to find organ “Dysfunction” prior to the onset of a disease process and restore “Function” back.
Functional medicine clinics share a few common characteristics, they all order “functional” lab testing. Meaning lab tests that are specific to functional medicine and look for “functional” problems, (example, problems with organ function that would appear prior to the onset of a disease process.) For example, a functional test for heart health might detect low levels of antioxidants whereas a conventional test for heart health might detect a blocked artery. Functional medicine always strives to catch problems in their earliest phases when early intervention is possible and always includes significant lifestyle changes as part of treatment plans.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) puts the utmost importance on lifestyle choices and nutrition. When these fail to bring the body into balance, then it is time to look into herbs and acupuncture. In TCM there is no distinct difference between food and medicine, meaning that food itself can sometimes be all the medicine you need.
According to Chinese medicine, every food and herb has a nature, flavor, and organ system/meridian associated with it. The nature describes the effect of the food (or herbs) on the temperature of the body, while the flavor describes the taste. Instead of viewing meals as a breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates (sugars), and fats, Chinese dietary therapy utilizes the flavors and natures of foods as a guide to a well-balanced meal.
Cupping involves placing glass jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, loosen the fascia and connective tissue, and pull out the toxins that linger in your body. You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup which is often relaxing and soothing. Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful.
Tuning Forks & Vibrational Sound Therapy
Tuning forks (also known as Acutonics) is an energy-based, non-invasive approach which uses precision calibrated tuning forks that are applied on or over acupuncture points, trigger points, or points of pain. The tuning forks represent a natural harmonic series that is based on the orbital properties of the Earth, Moon, Sun and planets. The sound waves of the forks travel deeply into the body along energy pathways that have been proven to impact the physical and emotional body. The rich resonance and vibration of these tuning forks connects with and supports the body’s natural frequencies, stimulates and balances the body’s physical and subtle energy field, and promotes a deep relaxation and wellness.