TCM is one of the oldest medical systems in the world and is still widely practiced. It has been proved to be highly effective for over three thousand years. It is a truly holistic and natural system of health based on the theory of balance within the human body. It is a unique and independent medical system which originated from China and developed down through the centuries with the spirit of Chinese civilisation and culture. TCM has played a major role in maintaining the health of the Chinese population.
TCM diagnosis is based on weaving all the symptoms into a pattern of how the person interacts with their environment and emphasises the body as a whole. The internal organs are not seen as separate solid structures but as interconnected functional units. Every malfunction in any part of the body has an underlying cause that must be addressed. The treatment focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient rather than the isolated specific symptoms. We also consider the state of the patient’s mind, spirit, diet, life style and external environment.
Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been practiced in china for 3000 years. The essence of acupuncture treatment used to improve the overall well being of the patient rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body called acu-points. A person’s health is influenced by the flow of ‘Qi’ (the flow of energy) in the body, in combination with the universal forces of Yin and Yang. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted then Yin and yang becomes unbalanced and illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, it is can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance.
Research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce endorphins (which are natural pain relieving chemicals.) These assist the body to heal itself and gain pain relief. There is increasing scientific evidence to support the effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and effective in the treatment of chronic lower back pain, neck pain, post-operative nausea, vomiting, headaches and other nerve pain relief. It is also used to treat skin conditions, digestive or sleeping problems, depression and stress. Combining acupuncture with conventional infertility treatments such as IVF greatly improves the success rates.
Acupuncture is a painless and relaxing treatment that has been widely used and accepted by western medicine. It can be also used in combination with herbal medicine or on its own.
We only use pre-sterilised single-use disposable needles to guarantee complete safety and comfort.
Cupping involves suction by the use of a glass or bamboo cup. It is applied by creating a vacuum with a flame before being placed on the body.
During Cupping treatment, the skin’s pores are opened which helps to stimulate the blood circulation and adjust the flow of Qi and remove blockages within the meridians which can help to ease any pain and boost the immune system. This will result in a deep warming sensation and the skin will turn red showing that the circulation has been improved and brought to the surface.
After treatment you may feel deeply relaxed or energised with a decrease in the tension around painful areas.
Cupping will usually leave dull red marks on the skin which normally disappears within a week.
Chinese Herbal Medicine therapy involves the use of natural plant roots, stalks, leaves, barks, flowers, seeds, fruits and minerals etc. There are over 300 Chinese herbs in common use. Each herb has its particular healing functions and is used for specific purposes. Chinese herbs are prescribed on diagnosis to improve the immune system to rectify the imbalance of Yin and Yang and to help restore the body to its normal physiological function.
Dried herbs, concentrated herb powders and herb tablets are very commonly used in the UK. Dried herbs are the most strongest, powerful and effective herbs. They are prescribed and prepared for each individual patient. These are then boiled up in water to form a herbal mixture and used as a herbal tea (decoction). They are particularly suitable for patients with long term illnesses or complicated conditions.
At the Hong Wei Chinese Medicine Centre we always use the best quality herbs to ensure the best result.
Chinese herbs come in different forms and your prescription will be changed from time to time depending upon your progress and needs at each stage of your treatment.
Moxibustion is a supplement of the acupuncture which involves a burning herb being placed on the end of the needle away from the skin. It is then lit to warm acu-points to encourage the body’s energy to flow smoothly and can be very effective for many conditions.
The therapy is particularly effective for Arthritis, Joint pain, Irregular periods and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Sinusitis and the like.
Tuina is a Chinese therapeutic medical massage, closely related to acupuncture in its use of the meridian system. This treatment uses a variety of hand techniques, passive and active stretching for treating a similar range of health conditions to increase the circulation of Qi and blood.
It is especially used in the treatment of musculoskeletal and many other internal diseases. For example in treating abdominal and digestive problems related to Spleen emptiness or Liver Qi stagnation.
It is also effective for the treatment of infants Diarrhoea and Constipation which requires specific hand techniques.