The term Alternative Medicine means any form of medicine that is outside the main stream of western medicine as practiced by the majority of doctors today. Alternative Medicine exists in all cultures to some degree. Every country, region or area has its own traditional system of health and Medical care. Like for the Chinese it is Acupuncture, for the French Magnetic Healing, for the British Herbalism, for India Ayurveda, for the Muslim countries Unani, for Japan Shiatsu etc.
In 1973, the Medical Faculty of the University of Rome convened the first World Congress of Alternative Medicines. The W.H.O. have identified and enlisted more than 100 types of Alternative Medicine therapies.
The most common forms of Alternative Medicine are Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani, Siddha, Naturopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Magneto therapy, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Hydropathy, Bach flower remedies, Gem therapy etc.
We at our Clinic “Nature’s Healing Centre” Practice Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes a range of traditional medical practices originating in China. Although well accepted in the mainstream of medical care throughout East Asia, it is considered an Alternative medical system in much of the western world. Modern TCM was systematized in the 1950s under the People’s Republic of China and Mao Zedong. Some of the Traditional Chinese Medicine that we practice at our Clinic includes Acupuncture, Acupressure, Cupping, Moxibustion, and Plum Blossom Therapy.
This is the oldest Chinese system of therapeutics where needles are pricked in specific Acupuncture points of the body along the specific meridians for the treatment of diseases.
This science deals with the human body and the flow of natural energy within the body. Acupressure is a therapy that involves pressing specific points on the body with the fingers, knuckles and palms to relieve pain, reduce stress and promote general good health.
In this technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine suction is applied to diseased parts of the body using ceramic glass cups in order to increase the regional circulation and there by promote healing.
Moxibustion is a therapeutic method of Chinese medicine which treats disease by burning Moxa wool or generating similar forms of heat on or near specific acupuncture points. The purpose of Moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and maintain general health. Moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of Moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Qi.
Plum Blossom Therapy
This is one of the traditional Chinese medicine therapies. It is done by tapping plum blossom needle along a channel or at specific points. The needling is done by tapping the needles on the skin lightly and swiftly. This increases the blood circulation to that part of the body. Plum blossom needle is also called a seven star needle and is actually a group of seven filliform needles arranged together in the shape of a flower and attached like a hammer head to a long handle. The handle is often flexible. This therapy is advised in skin diseases, hair loss etc.