For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has helped countless people reach better standard of health. Chinese herbal medicine in Santa Rosa is just one single, but powerful, aspect of the Traditional Chinese Medicine offered at Acupuncture Mama.
The Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine
At its core, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) focuses on restoring the body’s natural balance. Each individually designed treatment works with the energy of the body (Qi, Yin, Yang, Blood) to restore harmony within enhance and your connection to nature’s energy.
Practitioners believe that illness and disease are caused with the body’s Qi being blocked, depleted or otherwise unbalanced. By restoring the smooth flow throughout the body’s invisible meridian lines, TCM can reduce pain and other negative health symptoms.
Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Rosa
Herbal remedies have stood the test of time for thousands of years. In fact, many of the western medicine’s pharmaceuticals were originally derived from natural plant sources. Chinese herbal medicine uses plants and other natural products to supplement & restore the body’s own harmony.
There is a huge difference between western medicine and Chinese herbal medicine, in that Chinese medicine tailors treatment to the individual, and treats the root cause. TCM works in this way because symptoms are the manifestation of an imbalance; for example a running nose maybe the body trying to flush out a pathogen. In general, the Western approach, is of a uniform treatment for everyone with the same symptoms, irrespective of the cause.
Herbal Medicine Works in Tandem with Other Treatments
For best results, the practitioner will often recommend other treatments in addition to the personalized herbal remedies. These treatments may include:
- Acupuncture – Using tiny needles at key points on the body to help unblock the meridian and restore the flow of Qi.
- Cupping – Using special cups to create gentle suction on the skin to reduce pain, improve blood flow and encourage both detoxification and healing.
- Moxibustion (Moxa) – Integral to Acupuncture Mama’s services, Moxa uses a special blend of dried mug wort that is burned above key points on the body to stimulate the acupuncture points and circulation.
A Word of Caution Regarding Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Rosa
While naturally derived, herbal remedies can still cause what’s called a ‘Healing Crisis’ where changes that occur in the body whilst it is healing may cause other symptoms. Because of this, it is very important to have a full consultation with a professional before taking herbal medicines to ensure they are right for you. Trained professionals, such as Acupuncture Mama, have extensive training & experience regarding the safe application of herbal remedies.
To learn more, or to request an appointment to discuss using Chinese herbal Medicine in the Santa Rosa area, please contact Acupuncture Mama today at 707-303-7200.