Traditional Chinese Medicine Making Turning Heads in Western World

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a practice that has been garnering increased attention from many members of the Western medical community. With acupuncture and acupressure clinics springing up all over the United States, more Western patients are using TCM techniques for any number of ailments and conditions ranging from migraine headache relief to TMJ treatment (temporomandibular, jaw). This increased interest is*causing acupuncture schools to open their doors to both educate and treat students and patients in the United States.

TCM is really an umbrella term for several practices and modes of treatment that have been thriving in Eastern countries for many centuries. Popular practices include acupressure, Chinese Herbology, several forms of exercise therapy, and the ever popular acupuncture therapy. The treatments focus on combining healthy modes of bodily functions (correct breathing, sleeping, digestion, etc.) with an emphasis on cosmological balance to find underlying disharmony in the patient's health. Although rejected as an "alternative medicine" in the Western medical world, TCM is the most commonly practiced and researched medical ideology in Eastern countries who continue to update and research the practices with regards to modern Western medical advances.

Continuing in the advances of the modern TCM community, Dr. Shi Xue-Min has been advancing acupuncture technique and treatment for years. As a distinguished scholar and researcher in the field of TCM, Dr. Shi has developed an acupuncture technique called Xing Nao Kai Qiao (XNKQ) to, very successfully, treat stroke patients. Dr. Shi succeeded in blending aspects of Eastern cosmology, surgically precise acupuncture technique, and biomedical study to create an acupuncture regimen with the ability to increase flow of bodily fluids and treat stroke. Dr. Shi's synthesis of ideologies with respect to tradition is emblematic of the modern TCM community in its persistence in study and research. Currently, Dr. Shi's research has been built upon to include acupuncture effects at the DNA level, paving the way for TCM advancement for years to come.

Coupled with acupuncture, Chinese Herbology is being increasingly utilized as a supplemental treatment to other forms of TCM. With a catalogue of over 6,000 substances (600 of which are in common use), Chinese Herbology uses tastes and temperatures to further the work of acupressure and acupuncture in creating healthy bodily harmonies for the patient.

Many Chinese Medicine and acupuncture schools are beginning to take Dr. Shi's approach to TCM. Opening their doors for free initial visits and consultations, these schools are attempting to bring TCM to the Western world with a focus on creativity, skill at diagnosis, and healing. TCM is becoming a modern combination of anatomy, philosophy, and medicine, with special regards to culture, and that is where TCM thrives. Contact your nearest acupressure clinic or acupuncture school to schedule a consultation.

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