In TCM, every organ has an emotion associated with it. In the case of the liver, it is anger. Then the sub categories such as impatience, irritability and resentment. This emotion is symptomatic of liver imbalance and effects the smooth functioning of the liver’s role in promoting blood flow and the free flow of Chi or energy throughout the body. As the livers role is to store blood, you can imagine the important role this system plays in menstrual regulation. With in eye disorders or headaches, the Chi which goes everywhere with the blood is not rising to the upper extremities efficiently. There is a saying in TCM, when the liver is not happy, the mind is not happy. The nickname for the quintessential formula for the liver is called the “happy pill”. Key Acupuncture points are prescribed as well as herbal medicine to correct or change the pattern of disharmony to harmony. This is only one category through the pulse and there are more syndromes, symptoms and emotions for the lung, heart, spleen, kidney, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, gall bladder and urinary bladder.
The energetic property in a flower has a rising up property. For example, a flower growing, rising up, greeting the sun has uplifting property and would be suitable in a formula for someone with depression because the person is already down, sunken or experiencing lowered energy. Where’ as a seed from a tree has the energetic property of falling to reproduce, and therefore has downward movement. This type of formula given for depression would compound the problem and make the symptoms worse. This herb would be more suited to the pattern of constipation where there needs to be downward movement.
For peace of mind, find an Acupuncturist that is Nationally Board Certified in Herbal Medicine, if you are to ingest herbs. It is a skill level that approximately 10% of Acupuncturists pursue due to the arduous task of learning, the wealth of single herbs and formula combinations that are condition specific.
The majority of herbal medicines used in this clinic are from high quality patented formulas that come from GMP certified manufacturing facilities here in the United States. You can be assured that only the best available products will be utilized to enhance your healing experience to help you regain health and maintain wellness and balance.
Physical pain and discomfort due to injury or over or under use of certain body parts, food addiction, insomnia, depression, anxiety, infertility, substance abuse and addiction to emotions all are signs of imbalance in ones’ environment. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be a valuable asset in addressing these concerns. Observation of the tongue also gives great insight and can determine over or under activity of certain organs and systems within the body. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are employed to restore balance and harmony, the body’s natural state!
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient health care system that incorporates Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Diet, Tui-Na (manual therapy), as well as meditational techniques to balance and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. It has undergone continual development over the centuries because the causes of illness that afflict humankind have evolved. In its country of origin, it is not an alternative form of therapy but it is used as an integral healthcare modality in 95% of the hospitals, alongside modern medicine. With the population of China at 1.3 billion people and 3,000 years of clinical experience, it has stood the test of time.
TCM is a complete medical system that is capable of treating many forms of disease and imbalances. The traditional view places great importance on preventing disease before it begins. With simple palpation of the radial artery at the wrist, the pulse is classified according to its quality. For instance, the pulse could have a wiry effect, as in an over tightened guitar string, which in TCM terms would be excess or stagnant energy in the liver channel or organ system. This can be an indicator that can denote pain, digestive disturbances, as in acid reflux, menstrual irregularities, eye disorders, headaches and vertigo, to name a few.
What Is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Health is more than just the absence of disease, and Chinese Medicine recognizes this with its unique ability to harmonize and enhance our capacity for wellness, balance and happiness.
Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
Chinese Medicine has been used as a front line medicine as demonstrated by the majority of the world’s population since before recorded history, and is still the most widely utilized medical system in the world today. Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are extremely rare and are negligible when compared to those commonly produced by pharmaceutical drugs. The basis of Herbal medicine comes from nature and is found in the leaves, stems, flowers, roots, seeds and minerals. The basis of a pharmaceutical drug is a chemical cocktail that is made in a laboratory and generally come with some type of side effect. Although the western medication is needed at times, there can also be safe alternatives with herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, lifestyle modification and exercise with dietary restrictions. The human body is made from nature so it makes sense to put the most natural substance possible in it. Which would you prefer?