Moon Acupuncture
TCM Dr. Teresa Moon
403-265-8832

OPEN
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: Appointment Only

2236 38 Street SW
Calgary, Ab T3E 3E2

Traditional Chinese medicine (also known as TCM) includes practices like acupuncture, acupressure and herbal remedies. In contrast with Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine seeks to create balance and harmony in the body. It's a preventative form of medicine. Instead of only treating the symptoms of any given condition, a Chinese medicine practitioner will work at treating the cause to prevent future problems.

There are two important concepts in traditional Chinese medicine that sum up its approach to healing:
• Harmony brings health, well-being and sustainability.
• Disharmony allows for disease, illness and collapse.

There are also several theories that come together to form the basis of traditional Chinese medicine. The first is the yin-yang theory. This theory says that everything in the universe consists of either yin or yang. These aspects are opposite. Yin is up, light, left, hot, stillness and substance. Yang is down, dark, right, cold, movement and function. Everything falls into one of these two categories and they must be kept in balance. When yin and yang are out of balance, disease occurs. There are diseases and health problems that are associated with having too much yin and there are those that are associated with having too much yang. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners seek to restore a balance of yin and yang to your body.

Another important theory in traditional Chinese medicine is the five elements theory. This theory says that all things in the universe are made up of a combination of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Consider them the building blocks of the natural world. These elements form complex connections in order to create matter. Within the realm of traditional Chinese medicine, these five elements help a practitioner understand the connections between the body and the environment. Each of the elements is connected with different ailments and parts of the body. A traditional Chinese medicine practitioner will apply treatment to balance the elements in the patient's body.

Qi (Chi), or life energy, is also a very important concept in traditional Chinese medicine. Qi runs through meridians within the body. It is constantly flowing throughout your body. When you are in balance your Qi flows freely and your health is good. But when something disrupts the flow, like stress, it can cause problems. Depending on where the Qi blockage is, it may affect your health in many different ways.

There are two basic ways that the yin-yang, Qi and elements in your body can become out of balance. The first is through deficiency. Deficiency can be categorized as receiving less of the things that your body needs in order to thrive. For example, sleep and fresh air are integral to the body maintaining its ballots. The other major contributor to unbalance is excess. Excesses are too much of the things that you shouldn't have. Toxins in your environment, smoking cigarettes and overeating are all examples of excesses that can block the flow of Qi.

Traditional Chinese medicine has many different practices like acupuncture, moxibustion, Tui Na (deep tissue massage) and cupping, which help release the blockages of Qi in your system.
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