About Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin sterile acupuncture needles into specific sites on the body. It has been used for thousands of years as a system of medicine that can help regulate aspects of physiology, bringing about increased mental and physical balance. It continues to be researched heavily due to it's myriad of effects on the body.
There is nothing inside the needles, however the needles work by stimulating the bodies own self healing and self regulating mechanisms.
Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is usually given as a combination of specific herbal ingredients to treat aspects of physiology. Formulas contain anywhere between 5-20 herbal ingredients, which according to the experience of Chinese herbalists, have a synergistic effect together.
These formula are often called 'classical formulas' as they are well established combinations of herbs that are used to treat imbalances in TCM. Chinese herbal medicine can be used as a stand alone treatment, or it can be combined with acupuncture treatment. It may also be considered if the fear of acupuncture needles outweighs the benefits of acupuncture treatments.
As TCM works with both physical and mental symptoms of mental health, all of the tools of TCM may be included in a treatment.
Moxibustion or 'moxa' involves burning a herb called Mugwort which is prepared into a dried or char-coaled form, and without any skin contact or burning, is used to stimulate the acupuncture points via heat.
This is traditionally used in cases of low energy, tendency to fatigue, low mood and sluggish digestion.