Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Pattern Diagnosis
Comprehensive Consultation and Diagnosis
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses a method of sign and symptom pattern recognition and treatment. These signs and symptoms are determined through a consistent series of questioning, examination of the tongue, and palpation of the pulse. Patients may present with a simple pattern or, more commonly, with multiple patterns. The combinations of patterns explains how, in practice, TCM can treat such varied complaints..
Building a Wellness Treatment Plan
As a TCM practitioner, the challenge is to figure out the patterns and prioritize treatment. Once the pattern is identified the practitioner uses his or her tools: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations to bring the flow of Qi and other natural states in the body back to a balanced state resulting in amelioration or relief of symptoms. TCM does not claim to cure the disease, only to relieve the symptoms by bringing the body to a balanced state of health. If the balance is maintained, symptoms will not return.
Our Tools for Building a Wellness Solution
Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, and is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of conditions. Patients lay comfortable on a massage table with relaxing music during treatment. Most people get deeply relaxed any many feel it is “more relaxing than a massage.”
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is the most highly developed and most commonly used system of herbal medicine in the world. It can be used independently or together with acupuncture to treat a wide variety of health conditions.
Conditions we treat:
The World Health Organization recognizes TCM’s ability to treat 43 common clinical conditions:
Urinary tract infections
Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation
Infertility in men and women
DISORDERS OF THE BONES MUSCLES, AND JOINTS & NERVOUS SYSTEM
Low Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Many types of drug addiction
Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders
Cold and Flu Symptom Relief
The National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture states: “…promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are also situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, HEADACHE, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, FIBROMYALGIA, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME, and ASTHMA in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative to be included in a comprehensive management program.”