Chinese medicine is a well-known practice of healing for many centuries. These techniques are not only used by the Chinese, but also by other nationalities. It is proven to be effective even until today, and many healers follow the concept as a treatment for various health issues.
Chinese medicine techniques come in many different forms. And below are the most popular techniques that are used worldwide.
“I believe there is a life force in us that will carry us through when we are reminded how to access it. When we can keep our fingers on the pulse of our purpose and stay open to wondering about what it all means and letting those questions be as important as finding the answers, life is expanded. Good therapy will not only help you embrace the philosophical questions about the meaning of your life but also give you a tool box of skills that will be useful and accessible.” – Amanda Sargent, LMHC.
Acupuncture is inserting needles in specific points of the body. The human body has around 2000 acupuncture points, according to acupuncture experts, and once these points are manipulated, and energy will be passed on to the assigned internal organ. Acupuncture adopts the concept of YIN and YANG. Once the power passes to the respective body organ, it was believed that this energy would help restore the condition of the body and mind.
Moxibustion is a form of therapy that makes use of mugwort roots. The mugwort roots are burned to produce smoke, which has a slightly pungent smell that may be mistaken for cannabis. However, this smoke will help stimulate blood circulation, dissolve any circulation issues, and improve kidney activity. This therapy can also be used to relieve patients from menstrual pains.
- Tui Na Massage
Tui na is a combination of acupressure and massage. It is a massage-like method that was used by Chinese healers in the past. During a Tui na session, the patient will be seated in a chair, clothed, and before the therapy begins, they will be asked a series of questions. Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD, describes how massage therapists “use their hands, fingers and sometimes their forearms or feet as a way to “relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.” He adds, “There are several different types of massage, each utilizing slightly different techniques. For example, Swedish massage, the most commonly used form of massage in the United States, involves “a combination of long strokes, kneading motion and friction on the layers of muscle just beneath the skin.”
The massage may range from mild to vigorous. This technique may involve the use of heat, ointments, and compresses. All these can be used to enhance the method further. This treatment is best for patients with musculoskeletal pain and chronic pain.
This technique makes use of cups or glasses which will be placed on several parts of the body. Before applying, the cups are warmed up to get rid of the oxygen inside. This technique is believed to help remove toxins from the human body.
- Chinese Herbs
Different Chinese herbs are being used in various traditional medicine practices. Some of them are rhubarb, licorice, ginseng, leaves, stems, roots, and flowers. Each herb has its function that can help in treating a patient. Robin Stone, LMHC, uses ginseng in her therapies. She says, “Ginseng’s Latin name, Panax, comes from the same Greek root as the English word “panacea,” meaning cure-all, or all-healing. Ginseng is known to relieve stress, and studies suggest that it significantly improves athletic performance, relieves fatigue and can reduce muscle inflammation after exercise. Ginseng is among the world’s most widely used medicinal plants.”
- Chinese Nutrition
Chinese diet includes the following aspects: spicy (for the warming), sour (for the cooling), bitter (for the cooling), sweet (for the strengthening) and salty (for the cooling). To Chinese people, having the right nutrition is the first defense against health issues.
- Tongue Diagnosis
In Chinese medical treatment, one can be diagnosed through the tongue. Tongue diagnosis can be drawn by just examining the tongue’s color, tension, size, shape, and coating.
The human tongue has features that point the following body functions:
Tongue Body Color: the condition of the blood and other organs
Shape: the state of the blood, Qi and indicates a possible deficiency
Features: means possible internal inflammation
Moisture: fluid condition
Coating: the health of the organs, especially the stomach part
Thickness: digestion imbalance, allergies, and other diseases
Cracks: a sign of yeast problems
Coat Root: issues with the internal organs
It is best to meet the therapist without brushing the tongue to get a proper diagnosis.
Now, healing your mind through these traditional Chinese medicine concepts is possible. But it would be best to supplement it with psychiatry sessions. Talk to a mental health expert in this regard.