Traditional Chinese Medicine

This is holistic form of medicine and also one of the oldest  - not only practiced in China but also in many South East Asian countries such as Vietnam, Korea and Japan.

It has many modalities such as  diet, exercise, meditation, poulticing, and massage  but probably best known to most in the west are, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. The ATCM website can provide you with more information, and the types of diseases that can be helped.


About Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine has one of the largest pharmacopeias of any herbal medicine system.  The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) does not permit the use of animal or mineral products or endangered plant species.  The ATCM and RCHM follow these guidelines, and also have Approved Supplier Schemes.

Herbal products are ascribed features such as  taste, temperature, and action.  A prescription may contain several herbs and is individualised to the patient for their presenting condition and constitution.  In China prescriptions are made by boiling raw herbs and taken as warm decoctions but it is common in the UK today to make up prescriptions from powdered concentrated, extracts, taken in warm water. These are easy to carry and take, and manufacturers can test for product purity and quality. Written information is given with each prescription detailing doses and safeguards.

For more information see the ATCM and RCHM websites


About Acupuncture 

In Traditional Chinese Medical theory, good health depends on the smooth balanced flow of a specific energy known as “Qi” (pronounced “Chi”) throughout channels in the body called meridians.  Depletion or blockage of the flow of Qi can result from stress, worry, anger and anxiety, as well as inappropriate diet, overwork, infection, trauma or hereditary factors, and is believed to cause disease and pain.

Restoration of the flow and balance of energy is achieved by the insertion of fine needles into points chosen to relieve the patient's condition. Therapeutic effect may be enhanced by applying a small electric pulse to certain needles – often good for pain relief (Electroacupuncture), or warming with a lighted herbal stick, known as Moxa.  Needles are usually left in situ for 20 – 30 mins . Single-use, sterile disposable needles only are used.