written by Chimene Bonhomme
*Our spotlight this month is our resident acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, Chimene Bonhomme. Chimene has a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Since joining Hands On Superhealth, Chimene has developed a loyal client base by sharing her unique vision in TCM which is to empower all her clients with knowledge to boost their immunity, increase vitality and well-being. Chimene is also very outspoken and passionate about Chinese herbalism and can always be found offering advice to clients should they have any concerns or queries about active herbs used in supplements.
For five thousand years of history, development and experience, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been providing holistic healthcare for a vast array of chronic and acute conditions affecting the Mind, Body and Spirit. It is a system of healthcare that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage (àn mó tuī ná), cupping, moxibustion, exercise, breathing therapy (such as qì gōng), and diet and lifestyle advice.
The hallmark of TCM is that good health is not merely the absence of disease and the treatments do not necessarily cure the condition, TCM attempts to intelligibly restore the body’s ability to self-heal and adapt to internal and environmental change through the restoration and maintenance of normal bodily functions, regulating the immune system, improving vitality, longevity and general well being.
What is Qì and how does it affect the body?
When healthy, an abundant supply of Qì (pronounced chee) or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body) and organs. If the flow of Qì in the meridians or organs becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of Qì, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors. TCM practitioners look carefully for these signs and symptoms, paying particular attention to not only the presenting condition, but also the medical history, general constitution as well as the quality of the pulse and tongue.
What conditions can TCM treat?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Chinese Medicine has the ability to treat a wide range of clinical presentations such as cardiovascular, dermatological, ear, nose and throat, gastrointestinal, gynaecological and obstetric, psychological, musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory and urogenital conditions.
It is thought that by selectively accessing points of the body in the form of Acupuncture that these conditions can be treated through the identification and careful manipulation of the body’s systematic correspondences between the meridians, organs, flow of energy and substances. From a western point of view, clinical trials suggest that Acupuncture innervates the neurotransmitters, the immune and circulatory system and creates an additional stimulus in pain-gate theory to have these reactions.
TCM treatment decision making
The vigilant practitioner is constantly focusing and reassessing the needs of the client and guiding them on their health journey. This is achieved through thorough clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment principles based on the theoretical frameworks of TCM which seeks to identify underlying symptom patterns that indicate how the body is or has become dysfunctional. Treatment is focussed on the underlying condition as well as treating the presenting symptoms. Clinical decision-making and patient management strategies are also influenced by contemporary Western approaches to health care, including infection control practices and known interactions of herbal medicines with pharmaceuticals and other therapeutic practices.
Patient-centric view on integrated care
Without integration at various levels, all aspects of health care performance suffer. Each new medium of practice and virtues does not replace its predecessors so much as complement them. Accordingly, TCM practitioners meticulously reference on the vast history of knowledge of TCM in combination with the most recent findings in modern research to tailor the most appropriate treatment methods to your particular condition.
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Resources and further information
1. Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (2013) Traditional Chinese Medicine http://www.acupuncture.org.au/Health_Services/Traditional_Chinese_Medicine.aspx
2. The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (2002)Integrated care: meaning, logic, applications, and implications – a discussion paper http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480401/ Int J Integr Care. 2002 Oct-Dec; 2: e12.
3. World Health Organisation (2003) Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html