About Traditional Chinese Medicine
From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when the Yin and Yang balance within the body is lost. Generally speaking, functional activities pertain to Yang and nutrients in the blood pertain to Yin. When Yin and Yang are in balance, the human body is healthy.
Many things can upset this balance – such as changing weather conditions, upsetting emotions, stress, poor diet, trauma, inadequate or excessive exercise. For example, Yin deficiency can cause infertility, light period flow, amenorrhea or miscarriage. Balance is restored with traditional Chinese Medicine through acupuncture, herbal treatment and cupping.
Traditional Chinese medicine may help patients in managing a range of symptoms – such as difficulty to conceive, stress, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and insomnia. Traditional Chinese medicine can also alleviate morning sickness, assist in weight loss and help you stop smoking.
Patients are treated only after a rigorous examination, which includes a traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis, detailed patient history and any pathological or X-Ray results the patient might have. You can also expect to be asked about your sleep habits, digestion, bowel movements, moods and menstrual cycles.
In 2002, the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria, Australia was established and for the first time, registration for traditional Chinese medicine practitioners was available in Australia. In 2012, acupuncture and Chinese medicine became fully recognised by Australia Government and practitioners are required to be registered by Chinese Medicine board of Australia. Today, several Australian universities and institutes offer numerous degrees in traditional Chinese medicine.