Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been known for its integrative, holistic, and functional approach.

Since its development thousands of years ago, Chinese Medicine has been teaching people how to live, how to eat, and how to take care of their minds and bodies in everyday life based on the core principle called Yang Sheng - which means "nourishing life (through lifestyle)". 

Chinese Medicine is a lifestyle medicine that treats and provides people tools to restore health and stay well with well-aging and longevity in mind.

Pillars of Chinese Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Herbs are carefully formulated for individual condition(s). They can be taken or applied as daily tea, strong concoction, powder, tincture, topical, essential oil, flower essence, foot bath, or yoni steam (fumigation) etc.

Food Therapy

You are WHAT you eat, and you are HOW you eat. Chinese medicine based food therapy teaches you the right food options FOR YOU and how to enjoy them, so that you can make active choices to restore your health and stay well.

Lifestyle Coaching

Lifestyle is a medicine on its own. It is believed that lifestyle should be adapted by the climate and season, and your age, life stage, constitution, and the current mind and body state in order to feel well and healthy.

Acupuncture

A main pillar of Chinese Medicine. Certain points on the body are needled to regulate the Meridian systems. They can be partially explained as Nervous System, Endocrine System (Hormones), and Fascial Chains in Biomedicine terms.

Moxibustion (Moxa)

A herbal heat therapy to stimulate acupuncture points to enhance treatment effects.

Refined dried Mugwort is often used.

The most well-known application is to help breech babies in late pregnancy.

Acupressure

Non-needle, manual therapy version of acupuncture.
It is mostly delivered to patients as a self-care tool.

It is well used in the labour support scenes.

Tuina/Bodywork

Body work based on the principle of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture that is used not only for muscular concerns but also for a wide range of conditions from digestive concerns to emotional wellbeing.

Cupping

Negative pressure is applied by the special medical cups over the body. This increases local lymph and blood flow, releases tissue restrictions to ease pain, and regain physical functions. It has been integrated by manual therapists for its profound effects.

Gua Sha 

A thin smooth edged tool is used to gently scrape the skin to increase local lymphatic and blood flow, and release tissue restriction to ease pain. It has gained appreciation from the cosmetic/beauty fields in the very recent years. 

Qi Gong & Breathing

One of the self-cultivation tools. Mindful breathing and spiritual practice to bring calm and increase mental and physical balance.

It has been well used in the treatment of chronic pain and mental wellness.

Meditation

Meditation teaches us how to simply be present and connect with our bodies.
Healthy mind is one of the recipes for a healthy body.

Tai Chi & Exercises

A form of martial arts that involves both slow and sharp movements. It helps with mental calmness and clarity. It is often recommended as a stress management tool.

Ask Akari

I’m a vegan/vegetarian/animal rights activist. Are there herbal options for me?


Yes. While a small percentage of Chinese herbs are from the animal source, most of them are no longer available to be prescribed. Those are substituted with plant based herbs accordingly.




What is the difference between Western herbs and Chinese Herbs?


While Western herbs tend to focus on the symptoms and only a few herbs are combined as a simple addition, Chinese herbs are carefully formulated and the recipe works synergistically to bring an optimal harmony to your body in the different systems.

Chinese herbs, when combined by a well-trained practitioner, address not only your symptoms, but also the root cause(s) of why your body has been working in a way that is not optimal, and they help bring homeostasis so that your body can work in harmony.





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