This discipline is a global and autonomous system of alternative medicine.
Created 2300 years ago, it has been developing continuously.
Traditional Chinese medicine considers each individual as a whole and is always looking for the root cause of energetic unbalance. Its main purpose is to maintain or to rebalance the Qi, the vital energy, to strengthen it, to remove the blockages and to scatter the environmental negative influences that affect the body. Therefore, what is healed is not the diseases but always the individual disharmony schemes. Disease means disharmony between Yin and Yang and is therefore frequently called ‘disharmony’. In-depth diagnosis enables to identify the trouble. This diagnosis has four steps: observation of morphology, complexion, tongue and pulse-taking followed by questioning on the apparition, the evolution, the aggravation or improvement of the disease and on the patient’s life habits. Further information is given through palpation of some areas of the body, listening to the breathing, and focused questions on body eliminations. Once the diagnosis is established, a therapeutic strategy, aiming to solve the problem, is set up with the patient agreement. Traditional Chinese medicine is using the following tools:
Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tuina, suction pads, remedies, diet or Qi-Gong.
Acupuncture consists in stimulating the energetic points situated all along the meridians channels with single-use needles. Acupuncture is use to obtain therapeutic effects on all the body or on an area that might be far away from the one acted upon, so as to bring about a stimulation through diverse ways of handling the needle.
Moxibustion is a technic which treats acupuncture areas or points by bringing in heat. The property of “Moxa sticks”, made with dry leaves of artemisia (artemisia vulgaris), is through heating, to remove the obstruction of the meridians by eliminating pathogenic elements, humidity and cold, to bring back a good functioning of the organs.
Suction pads are glass or bamboo bulbs and are applied on various energetic points, fostering the creation of a vacuum on the skin which removes the external negative influences or the blockages in the body.
How does an acupuncture session look like?
During the first appointment, the patient is subjected by the acupuncturist to a clinic examination including auscultation and palpation as well as a detailed questioning on his medical history and health problems.
Once the examination is over, the therapist determines the global energy of his patient. Depending on his observation and the troubles mentioned, he chooses the points and which technics to use for applying the needles.
The acupuncture needles are extremely thin and do not cause much pain. If there is pain, it might be compared to mosquito bite or a slight numbness.
It happens sometimes that the patient falls asleep during the session or that he feels much tiredness later on, consequence of the relaxation effect of acupuncture.
During the following sessions, questioning and auscultation will be shorter but still necessary. In fact, a disease or a trouble evolves. It is important to take in account the presence of new symptoms or betterment in the patient.
Benefits from acupuncture