Applied Channel Theory
Channel Examination is a classical method of physical examination that was used by ancient practitioners. The techniques were lost in recent centures, but fortunately revived by Dr. Wang Ju-yi over decades of clinical practice and scholarly research.
It involves the careful examination of the different channels in the body, such as the palpation of the channel spaces. For each treatment, I palpate the channels below the patient's knees and elbows, while also sometimes palpating the back and abdomen.
Channel examination provides the pracitioner with a better understanding of the patient's illness, which can lead to a more accurate diagnosis.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment practiced by traditional Chinese medical practitioners. Over thousands of years of accumulated clinical experience, unique channels were discovered in the body that have direct connections to the internal organs. In addition, along each channel on the surface of the body, unique points were also discovered. Stimulation of these points were discovered to have therapeutic effects on the body. Each point has its own distinct function too.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into these points. Depending on the point stimulated, acupuncture can have the effect of strengthening, harmonizing, regulating or even draining the channel that is being treated.
Acupuncture can treat disorders related to the exterior of the body, such as joint or muscle pain, but also internal disorders like gastritis or even psychological disorders, such as insomnia and anxiety.
Moxibustion is a traditional method of treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine due its strong warming properties.
Moxibustion involves the burning of a plant called mugwort. The plant is first dried up and then either rolled up like a cigar, or used in its loose form.
When rolled up like a cigar, one end is burned, then held an inch or so above an acupuncture point. The heat warms the point, which will have a overall warming effect.
In other instances, moxibustion is used in its loose form, which involves rolling the mugwort into small balls. These are then placed either directly on the acupuncture point or on top of a slice of ginger, which acts as a barrier between the skin and the small ball of mugwort. The small ball is then burned, which can also stimulate the acupuncture point.
Herbal medicine in TCM also has thousands of years of history.
Each herb has its own unique properties, as some herbs nourish blood, others have strong warming properties, while others can remove dampness. Each herb also is connected to a different organ and channel system.
Different herbs are combined together according to the person's constitution, which are then brewed together to create a tonic. It is similar to cooking a soup, with two bowls of this soup ingested each day.
Herbal tonics can treat a wide variety of illnesses.