The origin of your body constitution is determined on the basis of Chinese Medicine which suggests the existence of a natural balance within our body. We are healthy when we live in harmony and In Balance with Nature.
Therefore the fundamental objective of your path to balance must be to restore and maintain the natural balance in your body.
Many of the treatment concepts are often easily understood and might even be considered common knowledge. We all know that habits like smoking, a lack of exercise or being overweight are detrimental to our health hence one would expect the avoidance of such habits to be part of every treatment plan.
Herbal therapy refers to the use of herbs to restore and maintain the balance in our human body. In today’s Chinese Medicine probably around 1,000 herbs are commonly used in various forms.
Due to their convenience teas and tinctures are most common. A prescription from a doctor typically comes in the form of dried herbs that are ground into fine powder that can then be cooked up in a tea, consumed as a pill or be put directly on the skin.
Diet or Food therapy refers to the use of food to restore and maintain the balance in our human body. It’s a very powerful method that forms the basis of most comprehensive treatments in Chinese Medicine. Find some easy to make Chinese medicine recipes to cook at home.
Depending on the ailment or imbalance, the Body Constitution, the season of climate and other relevant factors, a Chinese Doctor will suggest consuming certain foods while avoiding others. Find out your body type to know what foods to eat and which ones to avoid.
The Chinese word “Acupuncture” actually covers two distinct treatment methods. One of them refers to insertion of needles on human skin with the aim of triggering a low level of pain to stimulate the body.
Another one, in contrast, means the use of burning moxa sticks on human skin where the desire is to stimulate the body with heat.
In both approaches the nervous system releases chemicals such as opioids and serotonin in the muscles, spinal cord and the brain. These chemicals will either serve as pain control, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.
The treatment principle for Tui Na is very similar to Acupuncture. However instead of stimulating the body through the insertion of needles or Moxibustion, Tui Na aims to stimulate the body through the hands of the therapist.
Qi Gong is a form of exercise which aligns the breathing, the mental awareness and movement. It is now practiced throughout China and worldwide. For some it is pure exercise, whereas for others it’s more a meditative practice that also helps the mental state of mind. Qigong can be categorized into Soft Qigong such as Taiji, and Hard Qigong with comprises most Wu Shu styles such as Kung Fu.