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You Should Try These 5 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practices

by | Aug 2, 2023 | Acupuncture, Health

You Should Try These 5 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practices

A range of therapies are readily available to us that have a fundamentally holistic approach to health outside Western medicine – Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Many of its teachings have been passed down more than 2,000 years ago. Dr. Carolyn Cook of Classical Herbs & Acupuncture is a Miami Acupuncturist, MSOM, AP, Dipl Canonical Chinese Medicine, LMT, who helped countless individuals with TCM. She supports the goal of TCM which is to maintain balance, improve circulation, and boost energy to ensure good overall health and prevent illness.

The healing regimen of TCM comprises different techniques and practices. What’s essential is you find one that works for you. So whether you’re seeking to ease stress or to treat your illness, there’s bound to be a TCM practice that suits your needs. At Classic Herbs & Acupuncture, you will get a highly personalized experience with the following TCM options. We also mentioned other recommended TCM healing ways.

The Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM practitioners like Dr. Cook believe that being healthy is all about having a strong and balanced Qi within your body. Qi is translated as “life force” and “vital energy.” This is what makes us feel alive and motivates us to move through life. There are many reasons that explain why our Qi gets blocked within our bodies; hence, causing us to get unbalanced.

The Qi you possess is deeply connected to the balance of Yin and Yang within your body. It’s more than just an icon of black and white since it represents all opposite, but mutually interconnected forces in the world. In TCM, your internal organs are the pathways where your qi flows, including your kidneys, heart, spleen, liver, lung, gallbladder, small intestine, and large intestine, by way of meridians. Through the different techniques shared in this blog, you will learn that balancing your yin and yang is key to supporting your Qi.

Try These 5 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practices

Before you get started on TCM, be sure to discuss this with your healthcare providers. This is not meant to replace or delay seeking conventional care. If you have a health condition, talk with your healthcare provider before using TCM herbal products. Now, there are 5 modern therapeutic methods used in TCM and these are the following:

  • Acupuncture: this is one of the oldest and most commonly used TCM practices. This is characterized by inserting and manipulating needles into the superficial skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscles of the body at particular acupuncture points. Did you know there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body? Acupuncture allows for the normal flow of Qi associated with neural transmission throughout the body and restores health to the mind and body.
  • Moxibustion: this is a TCM technique where you burn moxa, mugwort root, made from dried Artimesia vulgaris, to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of Qi by warming and invigorating the blood. There is a substitute for moxibustion since it produces a great deal of smoke and a pungent odor and it is called the Teding Diancibo Pu (TDP) lamp, another method of using warming therapy.
  • Chinese herbal medicine: this is probably the most important pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine since herbal remedies play a key role in healing specific ailments. Over thousands of years, different herbs were used as ailments for different health issues. When Dr. Cook recommends Chinese herbology as a treatment, the substances are combined into a formula that can be dispensed as a traditional tea, liquid extract, granule, or powder. Patients should never attempt to take Chinese herbs without proper training or guidance from a licensed practitioner.
  • Cupping: This TCM method dates to the early fourth century and is a type of Chinese massage, consisting of placing several glass or plastic “cups,” or open spheres, on the body. The inside of the cup is warmed to remove all the oxygen and then placed against the skin of the back or stomach. Drawing up the skin is believed to stimulate the flow of blood, balancing and realigning the flow of Qi. A darker mark means the more stagnant your circulation has been in that area.
  • Chinese nutrition: this is considered a mode of dieting rooted in Chinese understandings of the effects of food on the human organism. According to TCM practitioners like Dr. Cook, consuming too many cold foods in our diet can cause signs of Spleen deficiency such as poor appetite, bloating, and loose stools that may become a health issue. She recommends having warmer foods that assist spleen function and provide balance, including soups, stews, and casseroles. Fruit can also be poached or stewed and vegetables can be sufficiently steamed.

Nowadays, many physicians and patients are open to alternative healing methods such as TCM. The reason is simple: There is a positive change in their health when they try these TCM practices. While becoming aware of TCM methods is important, it’s also crucial to know how to choose your TCM practitioner. Take a look at Dr. Carolyn Cook’s impressive background in TCM and over 25 years of experience in the Miami/Kendall area. Contact her at (305) 665-9711 or inquire at cc@miamiherbs.com 

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