IT IS ALL ABOUT THE QI (PRONOUNCED CHEE)
Health and balance are maintained by the free circulation of Qi (life energy) and blood through our bodies. Disruption of this smooth circulation results in illness and disease. The intricate and delicate work of restoring balance to the body is achieved by using TCM treatments such as Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, Cupping, Tui Na Massage, Qi Gong and Meditation. When in balance, the human body has the ability and sense to heal itself.
More than ever, people across North America are returning to natural methods of improving their health. TCM focuses on health promotion, illness prevention, and treatments for current conditions. Its acceptance and use by the western medical community is growing. Take for instance the world-renowned Mayo clinic. Acupuncture has been an integral part of their treatment programs since 1986. In Ontario, as of November 12, 2012, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario guarantees only qualified TCM practitioners register and operate according to provincial law. Most third party health insurance providers, motor vehicle accident insurers and WSIB claims now cover treatments by provincially qualified professionals.
The philosophy and practice of TCM are consistent with the most significant developments in health care today:
An emphasis on prevention
Natural, non-invasive, simple medical approaches
Acknowledgement of the need to balance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life
Viewing medical practitioners as facilitators of their patients’ health and well-being
The practice of TCM brings together traditional and modern views of health, eastern and western approaches, and provides an opportunity to participate in one of humanities most remarkable achievements. TCM has served over a quarter of the world’s population for thousands of years. Repeated clinical tests have proven its effectiveness in both preventing and treating disease.