TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive healthcare system that has been in practice for over 5,000 years. Founded in the ancient Chinese theoretical framework that humans are interconnected with nature and subject to its forces, TCM addresses root causes of illness or imbalances in body, mind, and spirit through various methods, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and mindfulness practices.
TCM utilizes a natural and supportive approach, seeking to unlock and stimulate the body’s innate reserves of Qi (pronounced Chi) or energy to bring it back into balance.
Both a preventative and intervention practice, acupuncture uses seeks to remove any obstructions of Qi or energy in the body to create a free flow of energy via the meridians so the body can heal itself. Having balanced Qi is critical to sound health. When there is misdirection or blockage of Qi, it may result in pain, dysfunction and ill health. We treat these disturbances with a combination of acupuncture and other methods, such as the use of Chinese Herbs, Cupping, Moxibustion or Tui Na.
A critical aspect of TCM, Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to nourish of the body, respond to misdirection or blockage of Qi, and restore balance. Our practitioners will often recommend a regimen of herbs, supplements and dietary practices to cultivate the balance of Qi in between acupuncture treatments.
Mind-body practices, including qigong (exercise), tai chi, and meditation are designed cultivate awareness of the body and tap into its intellectual and spiritual powers for healing. We believe that a practice of mindfulness, which may include traditional and modern modalities, is integral to unlock and stimulate the body’s innate reserves of Qi and restore balance.
TCM for Fertility
Two major obstacles towards fertilization are stress and a lack of sleep. Insomnia prevents nourishment and healing of the kidneys, which is one of the most important organs towards effective fertility. Stress, from a TCM perspective, may impact the qi of the heart – which can lead to stagnation and imbalances in the follicular phase. Additionally, stress often disrupts the flow of liver qi, which influences the menstrual cycle, and can prevent the passage of egg, sperm or embryo. Regular exercise, massage, meditation, and acupuncture can reduce stress and support the body in managing it.