The origins of Chinese medicine can be traced back at least 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes several different practices, including acupuncture, the practice of burning herbs near the skin called moxibustion, herbal medicine and foods.
What to expect
A TCM practitioner will take a case history and may do a physical examination. This could include looking at your tongue and taking your pulse to work out the flow of energy and imbalances in your body. Treatment is tailored to each person using a variety of therapies.
How is Chinese medicine different?
Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to disease and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as the treatment of it.
Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognisable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness may vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different treatments.
What substances are used in Chinese herbal medicine?
There are more than 450 substances commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine. You may find some in your kitchen, such as ginger, garlic and cinnamon, while others such as chrysanthemum and peony flowers, are more likely to be found in your garden.
Some substances that were used traditionally are no longer part of modern professional Chinese herbal medicine practice. For example, traditional remedies with extracts of endangered species have been replaced by other substances with similar actions. In fact, all herbal formulas used by Yin Studio are actually vegan formulas.