Traditional Chinese Medicine
We are pleased to announce the establishment of Oasis Clinic’s Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We believe that by offering TCM treatments, we will be adding meaningful value to our western medicine practice, as well as making an important contribution to the Egyptian healthcare sector overall. Appointments are currently available in our Sheik Zayed and New Cairo locations.
TCM is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world — more than 3,500 years older than traditional western medicine. Acupuncture, the most often practiced component of TCM, is one of the most common medical treatments used to complement western medicine worldwide. While mostly used in chronic pain management, acupuncture in combination with other TCM therapeutic techniques is increasingly being used for general wellness.
It is noteworthy that the World Health Organization (WHO) (hhttps://www.who.int/) has endorsed acupuncture for over 100 conditions. For those considering TCM treatments, we encourage you to discuss this with your doctors to ensure coordinated care.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
TCM is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world — more than 3,500 years older than traditional western medicine. TCM is based on several ancient beliefs, in particular, the belief that vital energy, known as “Qi,” flows throughout our bodies and functions to maintain our health.
According to TCM, chronic pain is the result of a blockage, or an imbalance, in our vital energy flow. Practitioners of TCM use a variety of therapeutic techniques that are believed to rebalance this flow in order to relieve chronic pain and improve overall health.
What conditions may benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
Many people seek out TCM simply for chronic pain relief. However, studies have shown that TCM techniques can be an effective treatment for, or have a demonstrated therapeutic effect on, a wide variety of diseases, symptoms, and conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) (hhttps://www.who.int/) has endorsed acupuncture, a key component of the practice of TCM, for over 100 conditions. Some examples of conditions that may benefit from TCM/acupuncture are below — including musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, and neurological ailments.
- Back and neck pain
- Osteoarthritis/knee pain
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
- Gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome
- Headaches, including migraines
- Menstrual cramps and labor pain
- Dental pain
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative pain
What are some of the therapeutic techniques used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
There are several therapeutic techniques used in TCM that are intended to help patients restore and maintain their health. They are described below, beginning with acupuncture — the most often practiced component of TCM and accordingly the most widely known.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles through the skin at strategic points on your body. A practitioner may gently move the needles after placement, or in some cases, apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles for further stimulation.
In TCM, there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that are connected by 12 meridians. These meridians are believed to be the pathways of the body’s vital energy force that flows between the surface of the body and its internal organs.
Acupuncture is typically not considered a stand-alone treatment and is often accompanied by other TCM methods. Individually and in combination, these methods are meant to rebalance the body’s vital energy flow to reduce chronic pain and improve health.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy that involves burning moxa (or mugwort root, a spongy herb) to facilitate healing.
Tui Na Massage is a combination of massage, acupressure, and other forms of body manipulation.
Cupping and scraping: Cupping consists of placing several warmed glass or plastic “cups,” or open spheres, on the body. When combined with massage oil, the cups can be slid around the back while drawing up the skin to stimulate blood flow. Scraping is a folklore medical technique using pieces of smooth jade, bone, tusks, horns, or smooth stones to scrape along the skin to release obstructions and toxins believed to be trapped at the surface of the skin.
Chinese herbology uses substances that come from the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds of plants, such as cinnamon bark, ginger, ginseng, licorice, and rhubarb. As a treatment, these substances are combined into a formula that can be dispensed as a traditional tea, capsule, liquid extract, granule, or powder.
Chinese nutrition includes a balanced diet of foods that have five tastes: spicy (warming), sour (cooling), bitter (cooling), sweet (strengthening), and salty (cooling). In TCM, nutrition is considered to be the first line of defense in matters of health.
Each person experiences TCM differently. Most feel only a minimal amount of, if any, discomfort with these methods. After the treatment, some people may feel relaxed, while others may feel energized. The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes difficult to measure, but many people find it very helpful as a means to control a variety of painful conditions.