Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is understood that all disease is the result of disharmony. The disharmony may be in: the qi and blood system the yin/yang balance an organ (Zang fu) a meridian, or the interaction between the human body and the environment. Qi and blood are closely associated. When qi moves blood will flow after it. If you have pain this means there is qi and blood stagnation, i.e. qi and blood are not flowing smoothly through your body. When blood and qi flow harmoniously the body receives good nourishment and will recover more quickly from injury or disease. Yin (blood) is the material foundation of Yang (mind). If your body has abundant blood you will be naturally content. Your mental well-being is dependent on the quality of blood in your body. In TCM each organ is associated with a different emotion, and this is another way of looking at the relationship between body and mind. Emotional disturbances interfere with proper organ function — strong negative emotions distract organs from doing their jobs. Therefore, excessive or prolonged emotional disturbance will lead to disease. Conversely, if one of your organs is compromised (in disharmony, or not functioning properly), you will be prone to experiencing the emotion related to that organ. For example, a disharmony of the Liver organ will tend to make you irritable; habitual worrying may be caused by either a disharmony of the spleen or a weakness of the stomach. Meridians are energy pathways through which qi flows to nourish and energise the human body. There are twelve primary meridians, each corresponding to a different organ. Along with the twelve primary meridians there are eight extraordinary meridians which present a deeper level of energetic structuring. When the qi associated with a particular organ system is in a condition of excess, deficiency or stagnation, this may cause a blockage or imbalance in the flow of qi, resulting in disease. Acupuncture treatment corrects imbalance in the flow of qi and resolves blockage, thereby allowing the body’s correct function to be restored. Your environment and lifestyle will also affect your health. Stress, overwork, lack of sleep or nutritional deficiencies are just some ways in which your environment will impact on your body. Climatic factors (sudden temperature changes etc.) may also cause diseases: when the body’s protective qi is weak the body can’t adapt to environmental change. Ongoing environmental challenges cause disharmony or imbalance. As well as giving you treatment to correct these imbalances, your TCM practitioner may offer dietary or lifestyle advice. Different patterns of disharmony require different treatment. In order to determine which pattern is present a TCM practitioner will take your pulses, examine your tongue and ask questions about general body function. Where Western medicine tends to treat the disease, TCM treats the individual. This means a TCM practitioner won’t necessarily treat two people with the...

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Ear Candle Treatment

Posted by on May 23, 2013

Ear Candle Treatment

I have been making and supplying ear candles for professional and non-professional use for the last 12 years. I use organic bees wax for my candles, and for cost-efficiency I avoid fancy packaging. Ear candles are used for treating sinus problems, tinnitus and some respiratory ailments such as breathing difficulties. Ear candling is also used to help remove ear wax. Some people think the ear wax is sucked up through the candle tube during treatment, but this is not true! What happens is that the wax becomes softer and falls out naturally over the next few days. Many people use ear candles for meditation or stress relief. They are very good at relieving emotional disturbances and removing negative thoughts. For this treatment you imagine negative thoughts being sucked from your mind through the ear candle ‘chimney’. Your problems will rise from your heart to the other end of the ear candle, where the big flame will burn them away. I used this treatment on my child when he was little and it worked very well. Too order ear candles please phone me on 03 377 5120 (mob. 021 100 2357) or email me at contact@sachieacupuncture.co.nz. Ear candles cost $10 per pair. Ear candle treatment: Use this procedure when treating another person. Please do not self-treat due to the risk of burning accidents. The ear candle produces a big flame which always needs to be carefully attended. Before inserting the ear candle please check that the filter is in. The filter is placed at the end of the tube that is inserted into the ear and is essential because it protects against potential wax drips. The person being treated should lie comfortably on his or her side. Cover the face with a cloth made of a natural fabric such as cotton before gently inserting the ear candle (lubricate the end with a small amount of cream to ease insertion). When lighting the ear candle, please take care not to drip beeswax. Ear candling takes approximately twelve minutes per side. The ear candle should be carefully removed and extinguished in a container of water or sand. It is important to treat both ears to maintain the balance of the hemispheres. When treatment is complete place cotton wool in the ears to prolong the warming effect and to prevent...

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