Treatment Methodology

Treatment Methodology

Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the forms of alternative medicine that originated in China about 3,000 years ago. It is a system of health care based on the idea that laws of nature can be used to understand the inner workings of the body.

Like other types of medical practices that have different facets, traditional Chinese medicine offer varied types of treatments for different health problems.

Generally, an individual who practices and provides a service for traditional Chinese medicine is known as a “Sin She” or “Sifu”. Listed below are some common traditional Chinese medicine practices:-

Tit Tar

Tit Tar, which means injuries through impact, “fall” (Tit) and “hit” (Tar)- is the practice of using the hands to manipulate or adjust the alignment of bones, joints and muscle to treat a variety of injuries and improve overall health.

Types of injuries treated
  • joint/bone re-alignment
  • joint dislocation
  • broken bones & fractures
  • muscle, tendon & ligament injuries
  • hairline cracks
  • entrapment of the nerves
  • frozen shoulders or, stiff neck
Treatment methodology
  • Test movement (pre & post injury)
  • manual adjustment or Shiatsu
  • x-ray
  • application of traditional herbs to injured area pre and post treatment
  • Counselling on diet and prevention of recurring injuries

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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is the practice involving the stimulation of specific points on the body by inserting very fine needles into the skin and underlying tissue. Additional stimulation is added with a very low voltage electrical current or by warming the needle. Stimulating these specific points is believed to unblock the flow of “qi” along energy pathways (meridians) and thus, restore the balance between yin & yang.

Types of injuries or illnesses treated
  • spot injuries
  • muscular and neurological disorders
  • various illnesses such as: migraines/headaches; sinusitis; flu; low back pain; asthma; tennis elbow
Treatment methodology
  • Test movement (pre & post injury)
  • metal needles
  • x-ray
  • moxibustion
  • cupping
  • electro stimulation

Tui Na

Tui Na, which means ‘push a grasp’, presents an endless range of soft tissue and manipulation techniques that are applied with lots of movement and vigour to the clothed body, on a chair massage couch.

Types of injuries or illnesses treated
  • stress related diseases
  • digestive disorders
  • musculoskeletal disorders
Treatment methodology
  • massage of soft tissue
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Shiatsu

Shiatsu, which means “finger” (Shi) pressure’ (atsu), is a therapeutic massage which is similar to acupuncture, but performed with needles. Shiatsu uses hand pressure and manipulative technique to adjust the body physical structure and its natural inner energies to help cure illness and maintain good health.

The treatment stimulates the circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid, releases toxins and deep seated tensions from the muscles, stimulates the hormonal system and the immune system, and acts on the autonomic nervous healing power.

Types of illnesses treated
  • insomnia anxiety and depression
  • headaches
  • digestive disturbances
  • low resistance to infection
  • disorders of musculoskeletal system

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Treatment methodology
  • acupuncture without needles
  • pressure manipulation involving use of hands

Herbalists / Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Shops

Chinese herbal medicine shops are essentially, the oriental version of a modern day pharmacist. Chinese herbalists sell traditional Chinese herbs to treat various types of illness and injuries. Depending on the illness, various types of herbs are prescribed for treatment and to restore the body’s physiological balance.

Types of injuries or illnesses treated
  • hypertension
  • anemia
  • fatigue
  • chronic colitis, insomnia
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • sinusitis
Treatment methodology
  • herbs for consumption or, external application to injured area