Before the development of modern medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has already long existed, treating various conditions and diseases without the use of chemical-based approaches. Up until now, they still exist, giving alternative treatments to those who are not benefitting from western medicine.
What drew me personally to the Geelong Chinese Medicine Clinic was their philosophy of treating the body as a whole. In fact, they believe that it is an interactive system, where one’s health and well-being are very tightly connected not just to physical factors, but also to mental, emotional, environmental and even dietary ones. This means they view conditions not just as a problem of the body, but can be linked to other roots.
They also strongly believe that the body can heal itself naturally, and their approach is to activate these natural processes. This idea appeals to me because I do not want to always be reliant on pills and chemicals to address every symptom, when in fact, the root cause can actually be stress or fatigue. Nowadays, with the fast pace of life and busy working schedules, many forget to keep the balance of mind and body and end up with conditions that are manifestations of this imbalance.
Your expert in Chinese Medicine still acknowledges, though, that a multi-disciplinary approach is required. Your Geelong clinic works, then, in close coordination with other health professionals, including your general doctor, physiotherapist, psychologist and others. By combining the strengths and unique contributions of each branch, a well-rounded approach can be created.
What can you expect when you go for a consultation?
Although there is a list of conditions that have been proven to be successfully treated by Chinese medicine, you may also go there even when you have some symptoms unconnected to a disease. For example, many come with chronic pain for some acupuncture treatment as part of pain management and moreover, treating the root cause.
On your consultation visit, you can expect to go through an assessment of your lifestyle, exercise, and diet. You will be asked about all symptoms, whether related or not, that you are experiencing.
Experts will also check on your tongue and pulse, which is quite unique to this approach.
Your Chinese medicine practitioner views each patient as an individual, approaching their cases separately. So he/she will look into your constitution and health history. This is how they develop a treatment plan specific only to you as a patient.
You may also come for a visit if your goal is to preserve your health. Chinese medicine believes in the idea of treating someone before they get sick. The assessment of your body and lifestyle can lead to you to develop better habits and stay in great health longer.
Which diseases can be treated by Chinese medicine?
Traditional and most popular treatments of Chinese medicine include acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, which are sub-divided into more specific procedures. The following conditions are have been proven by research to have been successfully treated by one or both of these procedures:
- In children, eczema, cough, asthma, colic and digestive problems
- Dermatological conditions like acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and herpes
- Issues with the digestive system, including toothaches, indigestion, bloating, constipation, ulcer, diarrhea, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome and even poor appetite
- Emotional conditions like stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia
- General conditions, for example, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), obesity, travel sickness and support to quit smoking
- Conditions specific to women like heavy menstrual bleeding and period pain, irregular cycles, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), symptoms of menopause, even fertility issues and pregnancy problems
- Men’s health issues, including impotence, infertility, and prostate disorders
- Musculoskeletal conditions, from various types of pain (back, neck, shoulder, foot, among others) to arthritis, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder
- Neurological issues like headaches, migraines, dizziness, paralysis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tinnitus
- Problems with the respiratory system, for example, rhinitis, hay fever, laryngitis, bronchitis and flu
- Others like kidney disease and even high blood pressure.
In fact, there are more conditions and symptoms that can be addressed, especially if you go for a consultation and describe your issues. Moreover, quite a few patients turn to Chinese medicine after finding no solution through western medicine, and perhaps requiring a more holistic approach or in-depth assessment.
At the same time, Chinese medicine can complement whatever therapy they are currently undergoing, to deal with symptoms like pain that can be more naturally addressed. They can also offer alternative approaches for those who look for other solutions.
In fact, those who have tried Chinese medicine treatments with success are more likely to come back, attracted by the natural approach it offers. Moreover, this holistic view of our health and wellbeing is a great way to always keep in touch with our lifestyle and remind us to always strive for balance. As I am personally of the same perspective, I find my trusted Geelong Chinese medicine clinic a good partner to staying in tiptop shape.