There are many different disorders and conditions that can affect us throughout our lives. They can be as a result of our work, diet and lifestyle, or they can be environmentally triggered such as hayfever and other allergies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide a safe and effective way to treat and reduce many of these conditions, as it is the oldest continuous medical system in the world, and was the main form of medicine in China for centuries.
Chinese Medicine recognises that we are affected by our environment in a number of ways and that how we interact with our environment can manifest in the different symptoms that we experience. For example, different seasons of the year will create different conditions in patients due to the changing nature of the climate and our body’s response to it.
The onset of winter often comes with cold type symptoms of sore neck and shoulders and lower back pain, and the onset of Spring heralds the return of disorders aggravated by wind, such as sinusitis and allergies. Learn more about treating seasonal conditions.
Digestive health forms a central role in TCM as the view is that all of our energy comes from the air that we breathe and the food that we eat. Because Chinese Medicine treated so many people with so many conditions, practitioners recognised the importance of digestive health to maintain and preserve health between treatments.
Digestion is also greatly influenced by stress and our emotional health, as our good eating habits often take a down turn when we are stressed, and our body’s healthy digestive functions change in a negative way when our emotions are not in balance. Read more about treatments for digestive issues.
Food also plays a major role in the health of our children and TCM places great importance on diet in the treatment of children for many common childhood disorders such as colic, stomach and bowel upsets, behavioural issues, and frequent respiratory illnesses.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are also commonly used for paediatric care, as well as paediatric massage, which provides both treatment and relaxation for children of all ages. Find out more about treatments for children.