Chinese Herbs Chattanooga

Types of Chinese Herbs

Natural medicine has become more and more popular, and one of the most extensive options comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM). With over 3000 years of documented history, TCM has natural and plant-based medicines for just about every presentation of disease we can come up with. If you are interested in taking Chinese Herbs, you should consult with a trained practitioner. This is important because many formulas have only minor differentiations, and taking the Read more…

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Cupping in Chinese Medicine

In the last few years, Cupping has become increasingly popular. This is largely due to the use of cupping for Olympians (Michael Phelps) and other famous athletes sporting their circle bruising as a cool fashion statement. But really, what is cupping all about? What is Cupping?When practicing cupping, suction is created within a small jar (or “cup”) to help increase blood flow in a specific area. Often, these techniques are used to help treat pain Read more…

Moxa Moxibustion Chinese Medicine Herbs Acupuncture

What is Moxa?

Moxa, or Moxibustion, is a traditional tool of Chinese Medicine in which the herb Ai Ye (Artemisiae Argyi Folium), commonly known as Mugwort Leaf, is burned near, or sometimes on, the skin in order to warm specific areas on the body. Moxa was developed in ancient China during the Yin & Zho Dynasties (1500 – 700 b.c.), as noted in the Yellow Emperor’s Spiritual Pivot (Kobayashi, n.d.). If these are indeed the origins of moxibustion Read more…

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Defining Health

What is health? Having found AcuChatt, I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that Modern Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have different ideas when it comes to what defines health. Really though, both systems are just looking at health with a different end goal in mind. Modern Western Medicine looks at health from a stand point of disease and curability. So, if you are feeling off, labs are done, and results are used to Read more…

Acupuncture Chattanooga

Types of Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) The product of a formalization by Chairman Mao in the 1950’s, in which it was standardized into a modern curriculum that combines historical Chinese Medicine with the teachings of Modern Medicine. Stripped of religious aspects, this style of acupuncture was instituted into Chinese hospitals and is supported by large amounts of research (Acupuncture Styles, n.d.). In TCM, a combination of Patient Questioning, Observation, and Palpation lead to a pattern diagnosis that Read more…

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Chattanooga

History of Chinese Medicine

The history of Traditional Chinese Medicine Spans over more than 5000 years of human history. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, recorded by Qi Bo is the earliest known recording of TCM, and is dated sometime between the 3rd-1st centuries BC (2016, Huangidi Neijing), and is the foundation of all Chinese Medicine that followed. It wasn’t until Zhang Zhongjing (150-219 AD) that the first major school of thought – the Shang Han school – Read more…