Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. In TCM, the body’s internal organs are considered both – individual structures AND complex networks.

The vital life energy force known as Qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through the kidneys, heart, spleen, liver, lung, gallbladder, small and large intestines by way of meridians. When qi flows freely, you feel relaxed and energized. But imbalances or disruptions to qi may have a negative effect on your health. The goal of TCM is to naturally restore and promote the flow of qi.

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TCM involves the use of acupuncture, acupressure also known as Tui Na/Tuina massage (pronounced twee-nah), Chinese herbal medicines, lifestyle, and fitness. TCM practitioners focus on the person as a whole. That’s why TCM is considered a well-rounded and natural approach to overall good health.

Meet our Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist, Paul Marchinko and learn more about his approach to TCM and Acupuncture.

What Does a TCM Practitioner Do?

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners are trained to look for signs of imbalance in your body by examining your hair, skin, and tongue, as well as the brightness of your eyes, the appearance of your nails, and the sound of your voice. The TCM Practitioner will also check the pulses on each of your wrists. After careful consideration and consultation with you, the TCM Practitioner then works to correct the imbalances by providing a combination of the therapies, such as acupuncture, acupressure (Tui Na massage), and/or Chinese herbal medicines.

What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is one of the more commonly known treatments in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is a system of integrative medicine. It involves penetrating the skin with very fine (hair-like) needles. It is helpful in alleviating pain and treating various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.

Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West. It is a safe, painless, and natural approach to optimal health and well-being.

What is Tui Na Massage?

Tui Na Massage is an ancient Chinese method of bodywork that is often used in conjunction with acupuncture and other modalities found in TCM. Tui Na Massage is used to resolve physiological and emotional imbalances by unblocking the body’s life force energy, or qi. Working along the body’s energy channels, the practitioner uses stretches, pressure points, and joint rotations to release tension and restore balance.

Conditions Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Tui Na Massage Can Help Resolve:

  • Stress that affects
    • Sleep
    • Insomnia
    • Emotional wellness
    • Digestion
    • Pain tolerance
  • Digestion
    • Heartburn
    • Stomach aches
    • Bloating, constipation, diarrhea
  • Acute Pain and chronic pain
    • Muscle pain
    • Nerve pain
    • Sinus pain
    • Headaches and migraine
    • Body pain, including, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, foot pain, or joint pain

Education Required to Become a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

The Registered TCM Practitioner program (R. TCMP) requires a minimum of 3060 hours of learning including TCM Theory and Diagnostics, Acupuncture, Herbology, Tuina Massage, Western Medicine, TCM Treatments, Enrichment, Clinical Training, followed by a Graduation Exam.

Learn more about TCM, Acupuncture and Tui Na Massage

Would you like to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Tui Na massage? Get in touch with Corbett Family Chiropractic today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. We can also help you book an appointment with Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist, Paul Marchinko.

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