Chinese medicine is divided into three broad limbs. All share the same theories and assessment skills, though an individual practitioner’s training may focus in one area more than another. For example some schools focus more on 5 Element theory while others may have the bulk of their training in 8 Principles and Organ theory. From their, Chinese medicine practitioners may focus their practice in one, two or all the limbs.
Bodywork–Before there were acupuncture needles (or bones) there was bodywork. Least invasive of the 3 major limbs of Chinese medicine (bodywork, acupuncture, herbs) bodywork moves the Qi, stimulates the immune system, calms the nervous system—and so much more. Ideally, bodywork forms including Amma therapy are used as preventative medicine. Aiding the client in maintaining health through treatment, lifestyle and nutritional recommendations. But Chinese medicine is not limited to prevention. It shines with treating acute and chronic conditions as well. Amma therapy, is a unique form of bodywork that utilizes the meridians of Qi in the body and pressure to points based on what the client has going on and what the practitioner assesses through tongue, pulse and other Chinese medicine observation tools.
Herbs (Nutrition)-Nearly every culture has some form of its own herbal medicine. The study of Chinese herbs is highly refined and a lifelong study. Ideally, tonic herbs are to be used in times of wellness to strengthen and maintain. Herbs that clear or eliminate are used when an acute condition arises or when a disharmony cleared.
Acupuncture–Acupuncture inserts hair fine needles into specific points along channels of Qi in the body. The acupuncturist chooses these points based on assessment from tongue, pulse and other methods to treat the individual needs. Both powerful and gentle, acupuncture can be used to move stubborn blockages of Qi and pain and/or used to treat psycho spiritual imbalances.