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Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine in Torquay
What is Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine, otherwise known as TCM, is a system of medicine that has been used for thousands of years. The principle of Chinese medicine is to attain balance. When the body is in balance there is an abundance of Qi flowing through the meridians of the body. If this flow of Qi is disrupted the body exhibits signs and symptoms of distress. Chinese medicine treatments include acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion gua sha and diet therapy.
The application of TCM is said to adjust and rebalance the body and allow harmony and wellness. Using the diagnostic methods of Chinese medicine a practitioner assesses an individual’s constitution and treats the root (cause) of a health concern along with a branch (symptoms).
Why Chinese medicine?
Chinese medicine brings balance to the body and therefore supports both physical and mental health and enables people to enjoy optimum health. Shura has a special interest in supporting Womens’s health and helping men and women manage stress.
Who can administer Chinese medicine
The practice of Traditional Chinese medicine is regulated under the Australian health practitioner regulation act to protect the public. Only registered acupuncturists (a restricted title under this act) can perform acupuncture. To confirm the qualifications and experience of your Chinese medicine practitioner ensure that they are a registered acupuncturist or registered herbalist with AHPRA. This ensures that your practitioner is properly qualified, is bound by a code of ethics and participates in continuing education.
Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe but occasionally as with all health treatments acupuncture may be associated with possible adverse reactions. It is important to seek a suitably qualified practitioner for treatment. Shura Ford has been a practitioner of Chinese medicine for 20 years. She is a registered acupuncturist and a registered herbalist with AHPRA and practices Traditional Chinese medicine in Torquay.