TCM & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner
Dr Yang has 40 years of experience in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture specialising in various fields including internal medicine gynaecology, orthopaedic, dermatological and sporting injury conditions.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is founded on the premise that the body is infused with a life force called Qi.
When there is an imbalance in Qi, diseases and illnesses manifest.
An imbalance in Qi occurs when the opposite and complementary forces yin and yang are out of equilibrium.
The primary goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to maintain the yin-yang balance, thus maintaining health and preventing illness.
Chinese medicine practitioners consider the bodily, mental, and spiritual balance to restore Qi.
What conditions can traditional Chinese medicine help address?
Unlike conventional medicine, TCM treats illness based on the imbalance diagnosed, not the diagnosis.
Asthma, allergies, and infertility are some problems that traditional Chinese medicine helps to treat including but not limited to:
- Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
- Back pain
- Skin conditions like eczema, hives, acne, psoriasis
- High blood pressure
- Menopause symptoms
- Parkinson’s disease
What therapeutic methods are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine?
There are several types of Chinese medicine treatments that can balance the Qi, these include:
The practise of inserting thin needles into the acupuncture points or meridians of the body.
This technique involves burning Chinese mugwort or moxa leaves over acupuncture points.
This therapy is done by placing glass jars or cups on the body. The practitioner warms the jars with cotton or another flammable material and then seals them with the jars to remove all the oxygen.
When the air inside cools, it creates a vacuum that sucks the skin, helping stimulate Qi.
To help the body regain balance, TCM practitioners use a range of herbs, roots, teas, liquid extracts, capsules, granules, tinctures, and powders.
Some of the most common ingredients are cinnamon barks, ginger, rhubarb, ginseng, licorice, Ginkgo Biloba and ginger.
Nutrition or Diet
Nutrition and food are the first lines of defence in Chinese medicine.
A balanced diet includes all 5 tastes:
The reason for this is that certain foods have unique properties.
Is Traditional Chinese Medicine safe?
Research has shown Traditional Chinese Medicine is beneficial for many types of health conditions. However, treatment methods and diagnosis differ from Western medicine.
Unlike Western medicine, different treatments may be given to people with a similar illness, depending on their Qi and yin-yang balance.
As with all treatments, TCM may cause side effects, allergies, or interact with prescription medications.
Tell your doctor about any prescriptions/supplements or complementary therapies you intend to use or are already using before trying any traditional Chinese therapies.
TCM may offer some people a unique insight into lifestyle factors that affect their health.
To learn whether Traditional Chinese Medicine is right for you, send an enquiry to Dr Yang or call to set your appointment.
- Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
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