Herbal Medicine

The Chinese materia medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) contains hundreds of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products—classified by their perceived action in the body. Different parts of plants such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds are used. Usually, herbs are combined in formulas and given as teas, pills, tablets, capsules, or powders. European Union has been actively and strictly involved to supervise the safety of Chinese herbal medicine and products from aspects of remaining of pesticides and heavy metals, unqualified herbal products are forbidden to be imported to EU including the Netherlands.

At Klinic, consultation of herbal medicine often takes 30 - 40 minutes, with initial consultations taking up to one hour or longer in length. During this time you will be asked a range of questions relating to your health concerns and the impact they are having on your daily life. In addition to questioning, we may also take your blood pressure, observe your facial colour, look at the colour of your tongue and also palpate your pulse. Based on this diagnostic information, you will be advised as an individual (related to your signs and symptoms) the best approach to take in terms of treatment. Past and present history of the disease are important for the practitioners, it would be very helpful if you may bring medical exam papers with you such as blood test result, Echo report, ECG, EEG, MRI, CT/X-ray etc. 

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States and Canada. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient's skin at specific points on the body - the needles are inserted to various depths. 

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which Qi - vital energy runs.

According to WHO (World Health Organization) acupuncture is effective for treating and relieving very broad range of diseases and conditions.  Please read more from page of "patient info"

More and more clinic trials support acupuncture's positive regulating therapeutic effectiveness. "Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don't fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body's pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow." (NIH: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

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Tuina and Qigong

Chinese Tui Na was called ‘An Mo’ or massage in ancient times. Chinese Tui Na is a therapeutic approach guided by Traditional Chinese Medicine and was also used to treat paediatric disease through massage manipulations. Tui Na is a very important component of Chinese Medicine alongside acupuncture and herbal prescription.

Today Tui Na has become very advanced in its treatment for many diseases. Used in many of the hospitals in China today in the front line of healthcare, whereas in the west these complaints are not seen in our clinics until they become chronic many days after the incident.

Qigong comprises breathing, physical, and mental training methods based on Chinese philosophy. While implementation details vary, all qigong forms can be characterized as a mix of four types of training: dynamic, static, meditative, and activities requiring external aids.

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Cupping therapy

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Eygiptian, Chinese and middle Eastern sultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes ow the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1, 55o B.C.

In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, let, then placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.  

Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time. Some practitioners will also apply small amounts of medicated oils or herbal oils to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which lets them move the cups up and down particular acupoints or meridians after they have been applied.

In China, cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. Some practitioners also use cupping to treat depression and reduce swelling. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back and stomach (and, to a lesser extent, the arms and legs), are the preferred sites for treatment.

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