Generally by the time we are adults, we have noticed our health issues are fairly repetitive and have a pattern to them. They may be seasonal, or appear in times of stress or with certain activity. Or maybe they are so chronic they have now become the norm for us.
And sometimes making any sense of our health issues elludes us and our current collective of medical wisdom completely.
While Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) does not claim to have all the answers what is does have is a perspective that our health issues are often patterns that are at play with a raft of influences. So during your first visit we talk about your health history to gain an overview of what flags your body has been waving over the years up to now. This is important as any one health issue can have many different causes from a TCM perspective. So your history as well as what is happening now can give us clues as to what focus to have when working with your particular body.
Chinese Medicine is about finding a balance and so I seek to help my clients understand the possible contributing factors to their health picture. We are then both armed with a language to discuss any diet and lifestyle changes to explore and for me to get to work with Acupuncture to see what change is possible.
Being able to relate to your health as a participant rather than a bystander can help motivate positive choices. This traditional view point is simplistic, but sometimes can be an elegant reframe to help us regroup and engage in our health with more clarity and confidence. I will walk beside you, listening to where you are at, and looking for where I can help you.
At times our bodies draw a line in the sand. An impass where we cannot ignore the pain or lack of freedom to move. Often there is a history, maybe even steming from an old injury. Or injuries compounding the same area over the years.
Acupuncture originated around 100 BC, some say even earlier. The collective of Acupuncture practised over these two thousand years has its basis in Maps of the body. These maps show internal pathways known as Meridians, connecting the exterior of the body with all areas of the body including the areas of organs, the nervous and arterial systems, glands and sense organs. This helps to make up a series of TCM Medical Patterns which we work with to date. These patterns help us arrive at a uniquely TCM understanding of the body and disorders. And these meridians help inform the selection of Acupuncture points with which to stimulate during a treatment.