FAQ

Traditional Chinese medicine special service

1What is reflexology? Can it relieve stress?
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person's health. Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Sometimes these practitioners use items, such as rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood, to assist in their work. Practitioners of reflexology include chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists, among others. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer. Reflexologists claim that reflexology also can treat a wide variety of medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and cancer. However, scientific evidence is lacking to support these claims. Reflexology is generally considered safe, although very vigorous pressure may cause discomfort for some people.
2What should I expect from acupuncture?
The doctor will most probably ask you to remove some clothes (except underwear) and lie down. Acupuncture needles will be inserted as necessary and then you will probably be left alone in the room for the acupuncture treatment to continue. You may be left for up to half an hour as the time left with the needles is important for treatment. There will be a bell next to your bed in case you require attention. After the necessary duration of treatment, the doctor will return and remove the acupuncture needles and allow you to dress.
3Does acupuncture hurt?How will I feel after acupuncture?
It varies from patient to patient and the position of the acupuncture point. Most of the time it is painless with just the slightest pricking sensation. If there is a lot of blocked energy at a point then you may feel a mild electric charge or slight stinging sensation. But any pain is very brief. Many patients feel very relaxed after treatment and may be a little drowsy. You will be able to get on with your day directly after treatment but you might want to try not to plan to do anything strenuous and enjoy the chance to relax.
4What the Benefits of Regular Remedial Massage?
·Correcting problems in your body
·Stress reduction
·Immunity boosting
·Heightens mental alertness
·Releasing muscle tension and pain
·Increased joint mobility
·Improved posture
·Improved skin tone
·Eliminating ‘ vicious cycle’ complaints
5Do you offer Cupping or Gua Sha?
Yes we do offer these services. However, it is important to note that these treatments will result in bruising marks. You will be asked to sign a waiver form that acknowledges this before we can offer treatment. The bruising marks tend to last several days but can disappear quicker or slower depending on the individual. We do not offer pricking cupping.


Traditional Chinese materia medica

1How long can Chinese herbs be kept?
There is no definite storage duration for raw Chinese medicinal herbs. The duration for which raw herbs can be kept depends a great deal on storage conditions, types of herbs, as well as quality of herbs. To ensure maximum shelf-life, it is advisable to store raw herbs in a cool, dry place. Regarding Chinese medicine in the powder form, shelf-life varies for each product or manufacturer. It is advisable to consume them as instructed by the physician-in-charge.
2Why am I consuming so many herbs?
TCM Prescriptions are usually made up of a combination of various herbs that not only boost the efficacy of the treatment but also minimize the side effects of certain herbs. Usually, each prescription ranges between a few herbs or even over 20 types of herbs, all depending on the individual’s condition.
3What about herbal medicine?
Herbal medicines are used alone or with acupuncture to support and regulate bodily functions from the inside out. Acupuncture works from the outside in, therefore, the two systems complement each other as Yin and Yang therapies. “Tonic” herbs nourish and enhance the body’s Qi, blood and fluids. The “clearing” herbs drain pathogenic factors like heat, cold, or toxins. There are hundreds of herbs in the Chinese pharmacy. Specific herbs are appropriately chosen and combined to form a prescription for an individual’s specific needs. Chinese medicine can be taken in the form of teas, tinctures, pills or powders.
4What should I expect from Chinese Herbal Medicine?How do I take the medicine?
If the doctor feels you should take Chinese Herbal Medicine then you will be give a prescription. This may be an individualized herbal prescription using a combination of raw herbs which are made specifically for you after treatment or pre-formulated herbal capsules and drinks. You will be able to purchase your prescription when paying for your treatment. If you are given a raw herbal prescription then you will need to boil the herbs at home to prepare a tea. You will be given instructions on how to do this by clinic reception but it basically involves soaking and cooking the herbs in water. If you are prescribed pre-formulated capsules or drinks then the receptionist will advise you on your dosage.


Traditional Chinese medicine healthcare

1What is TCM and how does it work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine differs from Western therapies in that Chinese Medicine looks at your health from a holistic or “whole person” point-of-view, while Western medicine tends to focus on diseases or traumas in isolation. A person’s diet, lifestyle, work, family relationships, emotions, internal and external environment, all affect one’s health and sense of well-being. In Chinese Medicine everything is interdependent and mutually interactive. As people we exist as part of an energetic universe. Chinese Medicine activates & replenishes your own body’s natural healing processes to take care of the problem.
2Is there any science to this?
Yes. TCM is the most extensively documented medical practice in the world. Not only is there literally thousands of years of proven case studies, but also in modern times much clinical research has been done to show how acupuncture works to change the biochemistry of the body. In China today, both Traditional and Western medicines are used side by side in the hospitals. This is becoming more common in the Western world as well.
3Why should we choose food according to the season?
The season and time of year is another factor when it comes to food choices. For instance, spring is often wet and sticky in China, which means we need food that can take away the dampness in our body, such as corn, white beans and onion. Summer is hot, so we need food to cool us down, such as watermelon and cucumber. Autumn is dry, which means we need food to "lubricate" us, such as snow peas and honey. Winter is cold, so we need food which warms up the body, such as beef or shrimps. In the globalized world, one can easily buy foods that are not in season. But traditional Chinese practices dictate might not be that best way to feed ourselves, since seasonal foods bring us the nutrition that we need in that particular season. A similar concept also exists generally in the western world.