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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in China at least 2,500 years ago and has evolved over the centuries. Until 40 or 50 years ago it was not well-known in the West but in recent years Chinese Medicine in London has been used more and more. Chinese Medicine incorporates various mind and body practices and includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tai chi, and qi gong, among other things.

In general, acupuncture is safe if performed by a trained therapist using sterile needles which are for one time use only. Tai chi and qi gong are also considered safe. However, there are some reports of Chinese herbs contaminated with drugs, heavy metals, or toxins, and not containing the ingredients that are listed. It follows that Chinese herbs should only be obtained from a trusted supplier.

Then there is another question, and that is whether or not Chinese medicine works as advertised. If you look online, you will see differing opinions such as the following:

Is It Effective?
For most conditions, there is not enough rigorous scientific evidence to know whether TCM methods work for the conditions for which they are used.

The facts are somewhat different from what is said there. Take acupuncture, for example. The World Health Organisation in 2003 issued a list of conditions in which they stated that acupuncture had been proven effective. The list was as follows:

These include:
high and low blood pressure
chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
painful periods
allergic rhinitis
facial pain
morning sickness
rheumatoid arthritis
tennis elbow
dental pain
reducing the risk of stroke
inducing labor.

Not a bad start for a procedure that others say "there is not enough rigorous scientific evidence".

The WHO went on to state that there are indeed some other conditions for which acupuncture MAY be effective, but more evidence was needed. This list included:

post-operative convalescence
substance, tobacco, and alcohol dependence
spine pain
stiff neck
vascular dementia
whooping cough, or pertussis
Tourette syndrome.

Then consider the many comments of people who have actually received acupuncture treatment for a variety of different conditions and state unequivocally that it has solved their health problems.

The simple facts are that over the last 40 or 50 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has become much more widely spread in the West. In 1997 it was noted that in the US there were some 10,000 practitioners of TCM and between them they treated around 1 million patients. Ten years later, in 2007, it was reported by the National Health Interview Survey that an estimated 3.1 million Americans had used acupuncture in the previous year, while about 2.3 million practiced tai chi and 600,000 practiced qi gong. That adds up to a lot of people who believe that TCM helps them.

Another point that is often overlooked is that a large percentage of the population of the West has probably never heard of TCM, or if they have may have dismissed it out of hand in view of the naysayers who report there is "not enough scientific evidence." Go back 50 years and you will find that there was not enough scientific evidence that smoking kills people. Today we know differently.

TCM is based on ancient beliefs which include the fact that the human body is a miniature version of the universe, and that two opposing, yet complementary, forces called yin and yang support health when in balance, but when they become out of balance ill health and disease results. Qi is the vital energy that flows through the body in meridians, or channels, and when yin and yang are out of balance becomes disturbed.

Acupuncture performs the task of balancing the flow of energy through the body and restoring health. A similar effect can be achieved using acupressure on specific points in the meridians through which the energy flows.

Chinese herbal medicine uses thousands of different medicinal herbs, and also some minerals and animal products. All parts of the plants may be used in various combinations and can be given as teas, powders, granules, capsules, and liquid extracts.

If you are considering using Chines Medicine in London, you should seek out a qualified and registered practitioner in order to ensure your safety.

Acubody Therapies in Holborn consists of a small team of highly qualified therapists who undertake acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, pilates, sports massage, and also supply quality Chinese herbs for specific conditions. They deal in Chinese Medicine in London .

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