Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient art/science that is currently used in over 90 different countries around the world and provides improved health to about 2 billion people. It is the 2nd largest medical system in the world today.
TCM is a non-invasive healing modality that facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal itself by restoring harmony and balance to the entire individual. This time-tested professional medicine treats and assesses each person as a unique individual, therefore, treating the cause of the disease instead of just the symptoms.
Some Chronic Health Problems That TCM Treats Effectively:
Premenstrual Syndrome/Painful Periods
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The conditions listed above are just some examples of those to which Chinese Medicine offers substantial clinical benefits for patients who have been unresponsive to other forms of treatment. The TCM treatment of these diseases very rarely has side-effects, and is often curative, not palliative, as it aims to eliminate the pathology of the disease instead of controlling or suppressing the symptoms. In most chronic diseases, modern medicine can at best, only offer temporary symptomatic relief using various medications. Unfortunately, modern treatments also offer possible side-effects, either repeated or long-term.
**What Happens at a Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment?**
1. Information Seeking
Rob will gather information about your medical health history and family health history. In addition, he will record any medications currently taken, and any current symptoms by inquiring about your energy levels, sleep patterns, appetite, thirst, sweating, chills or fever, and any complaints of body pains, bowel habits, urine, and menstruation.
Listening and Smelling: Rob will listen to the sound of your breathing, voice, and the quality of cough. He will also observe any breath odour.
Touching: Rob will perform a palpation of the body to discover body temperature, body moisture, pain, and strategic acupuncture points.
Tongue Diagnosis: Rob will make observations of your tongue by examining the colour, coating, and shape. He will also observe your face, eyes, etc.
Pulse Diagnosis: Rob will take your pulse. This is an important aspect of diagnosing illness, and in some cases, can indicate a problem or weakness before symptoms occur. Each wrist has three positions along the radial artery that represent each organ of the body. There are 28 different pulse characteristics pertaining to position, depth, rate, width, strength, quality, and rhythm.
3. Diagnosis and Treatment Plan
Diagnosis combines a detailed analysis of signs and symptoms with the unique system of pulse and tongue assessment to develop a detailed picture of the course and process of disease. Based on this, Rob will provide a TCM diagnosis on the imbalance in the body using the theories of yin and yang and the five elements.
A detailed explanation of the diagnosis will be given to you on how to remove what is excessive and/or replenish what is deficient in the body. Rob’s preferred method of treatment is herbal medicine. You will be prescribed an individual herbal tea (typically), using combinations of 10-15 ingredients correlated to your pattern of internal disharmony. At home, you will decoct (or cook) these medicinals in water and drink the resulting liquid/medicine twice daily.
The formulas are crafted together to act synergistically, and every ingredient is designed to accomplish a part of the overall process of restoring balance. Upon return visits, the herbal formula is adjusted or modified by Rob as your condition improves.