Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

TCM is the combination of acupuncture, acupressure (Tui Na Massage) and herbal medicine.  Chinese herbal medicine works along the same theoretical principles as acupuncture.  Their flavours and nutrients bring balance to the internal organs. They nourish, warm, and cool the body as well as easing pain.  Traditional Chinese medicine differs from contemporary treatments in that it looks at the human body as a holistic system.  It takes into account how each organ is interacting with another.  It also concentrates on how emotions and diet are affecting the internal organs and how the internal organs affect the emotions, diet and external organs.

What sorts of problems respond well to TCM?

TCM can be used to help deal with the affects of stress on the human body.  It can support reproduction and digestion.  It can be used when dealing with sleeping problems, headaches, allergies, stomach aches, and helps to regulate the menstrual cycle.

What does a treatment involve?

TCM treatments involve taking a full case history of a patient’s health and history.  In TCM the tongue is examined and the pulse is felt to further the diagnosis of the patient.  Once the initial intake is over a mixture of acupuncture, acupressure and herbs can be used.  Acupuncture involves 20-25 minutes of relaxing with the needles retained in specific spots on the body, followed by some acupressure.  Herbs can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or alone.  Most Chinese herbs are used in formulas of 4 to 8 herbs combined in a tea or tablet.

Paul Marchinko provides TCM treatments at Healing on the Danforth