What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
The fundamental theory surrounding Chinese Medicine is that there is an energy force flowing throughout the body. This force, known as Qi, comprises all of the essential aspects of life: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Qi flows through various channels throughout the body, called “meridians” or “energy pathways”. As a result, illness can result when the flow of Qi is obstructed. According to Chinese Medicine, there are fourteen primary meridians in the body. When the body is in harmony, all is well. However, there are times when the body falls out of balance.
Chinese Medicine teaches that the body falls out of balance due to an imbalance of two forces that comprise Qi: Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are opposite forces. Like the positive and negative forces surrounding an atom. For better understanding, imagine an atom that is composed of both positive and negative charges. Consequently, they cannot be found and excist alone. As a result, all living beings and their components are composed of Yin and Yang that constantly flow among each other to create the Qi. When there is too much or too little Yin or too little or too much Yang, the Qi is disturbed. As a consequence, the body falls out of balance, and furthermore there can develop illness.
Commonly treated in my Chinese Medicine practice
- Premenstrual syndrome (symptoms prior to the period, e.g. mood swings, breast tenderness, food cravings, etc.)
- Abnormal period cycle and/or quantity (too short, too long, heavy, irregular)
- Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
- Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
- Anovulatory periods (periods, but no ovulation)
- Intermenstrual pain (painful ovulation)
- IVF support
- All other reasons of infertility (for men as well)
- Unexplained infertility
- Weight gain
- Skin, hair, and other tissue changes
- Hot flashes
- Vagina dryness
- Emotional swings and depressions
- Low libido
- Vaginal atrophy
- Urinary infections
- Pain during intercourse
Increased vaginal discharge
Accompanying therapy for
- Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease
- Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease or Basedow’s disease
During and after pregnancy
- Water retention/Edema
- Miscarriage prevention
- Pain syndromes
- Mood swings and depressions
- Chronic tiredness
- Morning sickness, heartburn, vomiting and nausea
- Weight problems
- Digestion disorders (constipation, irregular bowel movement, etc.)
- Gum bleedings
- Urinary incontinence and infections
- Insomnia and sleeping disorders
- Headaches, migraines
- Visual disturbances
- Leg cramps
- Varicose veins
- Birth preparation
- Postnatal depression
- Endometriosis (uterine tissue growing outside of the uterus)
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, can cause very long cycles, excess body hair, acne, etc.)
- Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones)
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Bladder infections
- Pain during intercourse
- Low libido
- Skin problems
- Burn Out
The following Chinese Medicine methods are used in my practice
Acupuncture and acupressure points
Acupuncture and acupressure are used to restore the imbalance between Yin and Yang. These points have specific locations where the meridians come to the surface of the skin. Through “needling” or “pressing” they are stimulated. With the aim to restore the balance between Yin and Yang by improving the circulation of the flow of Qi.
Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of mugwort. That´s a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing on specific points of the body. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and above all maintain general health.
Gua Sha (scraping)
Gua Sha is a treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce petechiae. The gua sha releases unhealthy bodily matter from blood stasis within sored, tired, stiff or injured muscle areas. With the objective to stimulate new oxygenated blood flow to the areas. Thus promoting metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing and recovery. With the effect that it produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective impact.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The purpose of cupping is: to enhance circulation and help relieve pain. This is done with pulling out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues. Moreover, it promotes relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Chinese Medicine Nutrition
Nutrition and diet can prevent and support the healing of disease. Chinese nutrition therapy shows how a daily diet in tune with the seasons, and the body’s needs, can certainly maintain health.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs allow to match each patient and their signs and symptoms exactly. Instead of having a standard formula for a particular condition, the clinical effectiveness is increased by tailoring the herbs.
Initial consultation – Your first visit
The first appointment takes around 70 min (95€), in which you will address all of your concerns. I will ask you questions regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your pulse and your tongue will be checked and I may conduct a physical exam before a treatment follows.
Consultations are available in Paris, Barcelona and online.
Please allow for approximately 55 minutes/80€.