Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical system that has been cultivated over thousands of years. Rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy and practices, TCM encompasses a range of treatments including herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping therapy, and qi gong, among others. At its core, TCM aims to understand and balance the body’s vital energy, known as “qi” (chi), and to harmonize the interrelationships between the body, mind, and environment. The Advanced Holistic Center is a notable example of a contemporary institution that offers TCM services. Integrating time-honored methods with modern-day practices, the center exemplifies how traditional approaches can be seamlessly blended into today’s healthcare landscape to provide holistic healing and wellness.

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What does Traditional Chinese Medicine look like?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) presents itself as a holistic tapestry interwoven with ancient practices and philosophical foundations. At its core, TCM is characterized by its emphasis on the balance of the body’s vital energies, known as “qi” (chi), and the interplay between yin and yang, the dual forces representing all the opposite elements and forces in the universe. Diagnostic techniques often include pulse palpation, tongue examination, and detailed patient consultations, seeking to understand the root causes and imbalances within the body. Therapeutic interventions, such as acupuncture with its fine needles, herbal concoctions in the form of teas or pills, and the physical manipulations of tuina massage, are hallmarks of TCM treatments. The visual imagery of TCM often evokes scenes of apothecaries filled with rows of herb-filled jars, practitioners inserting needles with precision, and patients sipping medicinal brews, all in the pursuit of harmony and well-being.

What Are Chinese Medicine’s Practices and Tools?

The first things that come to mind when thinking about Chinese medical tools and practices are acupuncture needles and their insertion. Modern acupuncture needles, however, are not hollow like medical needles, vary greatly in length and thickness, and typically are much thinner, and while someone with a sharp lower back pain might not mind having a couple long thick acupuncture needles inserted in his or her lower back for faster pain relief, someone who suffers from insomnia would benefit more from several thin needles placed strategically in the points on the hands and feet and the forehead. Moxibustion, which typically involves warming of acupuncture of needles after they are inserted and/or the insertion site, is often combined with acupuncture for several reasons, but primarily because their combination creates a more relaxing effect. Electrostimulation is, too, often included in acupuncture treatments, mostly because it is often used in research studies, and using specific waves, frequencies, and intensities often increase the success rate as well as the speed of recovery. Many acupuncturists and their patients like gua sha, which is a set of scraping techniques using specially designed plates and/or spoons. A large selection of herbs often occupies a Chinese medical clinic. Herbs can be used as a separate treatment or in conjunction with other modalities. This is by no means an exhaustive list of modern Chinese medical tools and practices and at the Advanced Holistic Center in our Downtown Miami Chinese medicine and Miami Beach Chinese medicine branches, we try making coming in for a treatment an interesting adventure.

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Advanced Holistic Center is a NYC based acupuncture and holistic healthcare clinic. Advanced Holistic Center has more locations and longer open hours than almost any complementary and alternative healthcare facility in all of NYC. With four offices manned by our fully licensed and board certified acupuncturists and herbalists, a team of highly-qualified: assistants, meditation teachers.

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Is Chinese Medicine Effective?

A large number of research studies conducted during the last several decades have demonstrated that traditional Chinese medicine is, indeed, effective. At the same time, the majority of studies focused on acupuncture and Chinese herbs, neglecting many other TCM modalities. After the Olympic Games a few years ago, cupping therapy has suddenly gained popularity, because a number of athletes use it, and more researchers have become interested in investigating the effects of cupping. As research continues, interesting trends and potentials of acupuncture have become apparent. For example, combining acupuncture with other modalities, particularly the modalities from western medicine such as pharmacological, surgical, or physical therapies, has shown greater success rates in many conditions than using one single modality. Also, the electric stimulation of acupuncture needles during treatments allowed researchers to collect more specific data on the intensity and frequency of specific stimulations in different conditions. Research studies have also demonstrated that acupuncture can be a valuable method for the treatment of addictions, and TCM’s potential for future research appears promising as well as exciting. At the Advanced Holistic Center, in our Downtown Miami Chinese medicine and Miami Beach Chinese medicine branches, we do our best to offer our patients the latest and most effective methods.

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Advanced Holistic Center is a NYC based acupuncture and holistic healthcare clinic. Advanced Holistic Center has more locations and longer open hours than almost any complementary and alternative healthcare facility in all of NYC. With four offices manned by our fully licensed and board certified acupuncturists and herbalists, a team of highly-qualified: assistants, meditation teachers.