Qi (pronounced CHI) flows within the body like water flows on earth. There are deep reservoirs, wells, streams, rivers and oceans. Obstacles beneath the surface affect the flow on the surface. If you think of a sparkling stream with gently flowing water, it is musical, alive with energy. If a log falls across the stream initially the water will move around but eventually debris will catch and block the flow of water.
Life is a gathering of Qi! A healthy (and happy) human being is a dynamic but harmonious collection of all the aspects of Qi. It makes us what we are.
Qi (energy) is in a state of continuous flux, transforming endlessly throughout us and all aspects of life. It is neither created nor is it ever destroyed; it simply changes in its manifestation.
The blocked stream is like our discomfort and disease. The log falling in the water could be something we are born with, something we are exposed to (bacteria, virus, toxins), something we experience, trauma and accidents, extreme weather, extreme emotions and lifestyle.
Anytime we are not feeling well that means our Qi flow is not flowing. It might have been caused by something as simple as a cold or a bout of insomnia to disease that is complicated like cancer or depression.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the two main components to Traditional Chinese Medicine (sometimes referred to as TCM).
Under the umbrella of TCM, there is also moxibustion, gua sha, cupping, dietary advice and Qi Gong. All of these tools are based on the theory that there is a qi system within us that animates all of our systems such as digestion, respiratory, immune, reproductive, nervous, etc.
Qi is a Chinese word that loosely translates into “energy” or “vitality” and it flows through a network of channels on and within the body. When there is a problem with qi flow then we don’t feel well. There is pain, our systems don’t function optimally, there are turbulent emotions, there is disease.
Our minds and bodies have amazing ability to self correct, but sometimes we need help. Traditional Chinese Medicine and all its tools work to remove the debris blocking the flow of energy through our bodies. It is a holistic gentle healthcare system that has very little unwanted side-effects.
So how can this help me?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is known to relieve symptoms such as
Headaches and Migraines
Muscle and joint pain
Pregnancy and labour
Asthma and allergies
Low energy or immunity
Anxiety or depression
What happens in a consultation?
First of all, we take a detailed case history to find out what you are currently experiencing and what is the history behind the physical and emotional symptoms. When the pattern of disharmony is identified we can begin to work with you to create and implement a strategy to resolve the disharmony and restore the Qi flow. Good Health, a quiet mind and a contented, harmonious presence in the world.
If you feel acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine could benefit you but are unsure, please book a free 20 minute consultation.