RENOVATING YOUR HOUSE? WHY NOT RENOVATE YOUR BODY?
This first article, in a series by Ting Wang, Consultant Acupuncturist at the AcuproClinic London, looks at some basics, and explores some new avenues and debunks some myths, about Acupuncture in today’s society. Here, we explain the basics.
You could argue that everybody needs Acupuncture with its links to herbal Chinese therapies. It’s not as if these are new technologies or fads. Chinese medicine has been going and revered, for the past thousand years. It comes to the patient couch on the basis of how our body should work, over years of time and experience. The difference so to say – is that this is a treatment based on an organic and traditional holistic view point – rather than a quick fix go-to-the-doctor scenario – as relevant as that may well be. Ting would argue that the two go hand in hand.
And it’s a good title. None of us would think twice before redecorating our bathroom, our kitchen, which over time have become dowdy through use and misuse. We can surely do the same when it comes to our body – after all, our body is the more important.
In short – If we can accept that our stresses of life have a direct relationship on our human health, then it makes sense to explore alternative treatments that are not based on popping a quick pill. In this article, we are going to discuss what is a complementary perspective, and where can that take us, beyond modern medicine.
Ting looks at me across the table. She is elegantly dressed, and in full flow now. She is passionate and articulate. And she starts by giving me a sort of background, of the Ying, and Yang, of our body. The balance if you will, that drives our body and keeps us healthy. It’s an important first lesson.
Ting explains – “When we are young, in our early years, the “Yang” side of our anatomy is at full speed, and the “Yin” is struggling, to keep up. It is only in our twenties and later that both sides of our anatomy are at the same level, – and you could liken this to our teenage explosive years that are maturing in young and then older adulthood. The graph that Ting shows the Yin decreasing first and then the Yang also. You could argue that it is explaining the changing demands of our own mortality, but that is not the point.
Ting continues her original analogy; if your house, where you live, becomes damp, musty, over the years – then this is how your body also becomes. And you see this in common complaints, such as acne, eczema, or obesity and water retention. Chinese medicine understands these symptoms, and in the same way as you would open some windows, let more air in, get better ventilation – or put more coal on the fire to keep warm – so Chinese medicine offers a structured herbal routine to deliver the same benefits to your body. Ting has a practical imagery. You would rather keep your house warm – than paint over the mould.
And then we get down to basics. Because what Ting says is that “There are some areas, where Western medicine has no solution”. That is not to decry Western civilisation, it merely recognises that there do exist solutions that you might not have considered. The mix and blends of herbs that Ting offers, are not grown in any domestic garden – they are cultivated purely for their medicinal properties. Their purpose is to create a new system in your body, which will help you avoid your problems in the future.
It is particularly relevant in Womens health, for conditions such as menopausal anxiety, PMS, infertility, and pain management.
It is also relevant for improving sleep quality – the broken sleep that leaves you and I feeling just as tired the following morning. But not for everyone. Ting explains:
“Short term insomnia – or those digestive complaints that come and go – are areas where we see the biggest improvements. But we do welcome patients with longer term complaints where we can show more modest success.”
But that is not the point
What Ting is saying – is that the Chinese natural medicine approach, can help you avoid the side effects of our existing contemporary solutions – and it makes sense to come to her first, or a the same time, before symptoms develop