About Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of healing that has proven effective in East Asia for over 2500 years. Although still relatively new as a healthcare option in this country, TCM is one of the fastest growing health care professions in the United States today. As the benefits of TCM become better understood and accepted, it is being integrated into mainstream Western healthcare, including the California Workers Compensation system. Chances are your health insurance will cover TCM treatment. Many hospitals and medical clinics now employ licensed acupuncturists on staff. As a patient you will immediately notice the depth and breadth of a TCM consultation, which goes far beyond your basic medical history. TCM practitioners focus on the whole person, not just symptoms. During your initial two-hour visit, your practitioner will closely observe your physical and psychological state and design a specific treatment plan to your individual profile. By directing treatment toward enhancing the body's immune system, strengthening organ functions, and encouraging the proper flow of energy, TCM helps the body to heal itself. Practitioners teach patients to prevent the recurrence of illness through continued awareness, renewal of physical well-being, and spiritual harmony.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as an intricate system of organs connected by pathways known as meridians. Good health depends upon the smooth flow of energy, or Qi, through these meridians. When the flow of Qi is blocked or disrupted, pain and illness result. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Qi by inserting fine, hair-like needles at specific points along the meridians. As the flow of Qi returns to normal, health and well-being are gradually restored. Acupuncture needles are thin and flexible, thereby permitting virtually painless insertion. Treatments last from 20-30 minutes. Patients describe the sessions as pleasant and relaxing. Yo San's clinic uses only sterile disposable needles that are properly discarded after each treatment, eliminating the possibility of contamination and disease transmission.
For thousands of years, TCM practitioners have studied and employed a vast array of medicinal herbs for their healing properties. Western pharmacology is beginning to acknowledge these natural counterparts that lack the side effects of processed pharmaceuticals. Yo San's herbal laboratory has over 300 therapeutic herbs, all of which have been proven safe and effective through centuries of use. TCM practitioners almost always prescribe herbs in conjunction with acupuncture and other treatments. Herbs are extremely effective in unblocking the flow of Qi and fortifying internal organs. Practitioners design herbal formulas specifically for the individual needs of the patient. Even with the same diagnosis, it is unlikely that two patients will receive the same herbal prescription.
Qigong is a holistic system of self-healing exercise and meditation that has been passed down from generation to generation in China. It translates as "working with one's life energy." It is an ancient, evolving practice that includes healing postures, movement, self-massage, breathing techniques, and meditation. The goal of Qigong practice is to discharge and eliminate impure Qi and to develop pure Qi, in a manner analogous to breathing.
Tuina, Cupping and Moxibustion
Tuina is a form of Chinese bodywork commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbology. Your practitioner may use tuina in your treatment to further enhance Qi flow and increase your session's therapeutic value. Cupping involves the use of glass globes to apply vacuum suction to the skin. It increases blood circulation and heightens the flow of Qi. Cupping is useful for muscle injuries, joint pain, headaches, and acute bronchial congestion. Moxibustion applies focused heat from a slow-burning herb over acupuncture points to stimulate the flow of Qi. It may be used to relieve traumatic pain or alleviate debilitating conditions such as weakness and fatigue. Moxibustion is also effective for some gynecological problems.
Nutrition is an important element in your overall treatment protocol. Your practitioner will devise a specific diet according to your conditions and TCM nutritional principles. You may also be advised on how to incorporate herbs within your daily diet.
Some of the diseases, symptoms, and conditions recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) for which acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment or for which therapeutic effects of acupuncture have been demonstrated include: Acne, Adverse Reactions to Radiotherapy and/or Chemotherapy, Alcohol & Tobacco Dependence & Detoxification, Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), Back, Neck, Elbow and Knee Pain, Bronchial Asthma, Cancer Pain, Common Cold, Diabetes, Mellitus, Depression, Facial Rejuvenation, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Disorders (including Diarrhea, Constipation, and Gastritis) Headaches (including Migraines), Hypertension, Infertility--Male and Female, Insomnia, Menstrual Pain & Premenstrual Syndrome, Menopause, Obesity, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Sports Injuries, Stroke, Tendinitis, Whiplash, Injuries.