Our TCM Specialist

Frank Chen

R.Ac, RMT, R.TCMP

TCM Hours

Tuesday 8:00am - 7.30pm
Friday 8:00am - 6.30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 1:30pm
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About Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Traditional Chinese medicine, which encompasses many different practices, is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 5,000 years. Today, TCM is practiced side by side with Western medicine in many of China's hospitals and clinics.
  • TCM is widely used in North America. More Americans are using acupuncture, herbal remedies and other components of traditional Chinese medicine than ever before. The reasons for this vary, but the increasing interest in, and use of, TCM is due in large part to its effectiveness, affordability and lack of adverse side-effects compared to Western medicine.
  • TCM treatments focus not only on solving current problems, but also on preventive care, maintenance, restoring and balancing the nervous system, regulating the production of hormones, and strengthening the immune system.
  • The theoretical framework of TCM has a number of key components:
    • Yin-yang theory: the concept of two opposing yet complementary forces that shape all life and the world. This is central to TCM.
    • Meridians: In the TCM, a vital energy or life force called qi circulates in the body through a system of pathways called meridians. Health is an ongoing process of maintaining balance and harmony in the circulation of qi.
    • TCM uses eight principles to analyze symptoms and categorize conditions: cold/heat, interior/exterior, yin/yang, and excess/deficiency (the chief principles).
    • TCM uses the theory of five elements– fire, earth, metal, wood, and water– to explain how the body works; these elements correspond to particular organs and tissues in the body.

    These concepts are documented in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor), the classic Chinese medicine text.

  • Diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine is simple yet effective — diagnostic observation includes looking, listening, smelling, asking, and touching.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health. Along with acupuncture, TCM incorporates adjunctive techniques such as acupressure and moxibustion, manipulative and massage techniques such as tuina and gua sha, herbal medicine, reiki, shiatsu, pulse diagnosis, diet and lifestyle changes, meditation, and exercise (often in the form of qigong or tai chi).

Insurance

Coverage Most extended health care plans cover all or part of treatments up to a maximum amount. Maximums vary by plan.
Direct billing Available to the following companies:
• Blue Cross
• Chamber of Commerce
• Desjardins
• Great West Life
• Green Shield
• Industrial Alliance
• ManuLife
• Standard Life
• SunLife
• Cowan Insurance
• Johnson

Symptoms & conditions commonly treated by TCM

Pain • Pain management • Migraine
• Headaches • Arthritis
• Sciatica • Asthma
• Joint pain • Arthritis
• Neuralgia • Insomnia
• Low back pain • Neck pain
• Shoulder pain
Women's issues • Menstrual irregularities
• Menstrual cramps • PMS
• Infertility • Incontinence
• Urinary tract infections
Mental health • Mental clarity • Focus
• Memory issues • Depression
• Anxiety • Insomnia
• Addiction (alcohol, nicotine, drugs)
Men's issues • Prostate • Sexual dysfunction
• Infertility
Children's issues • Cough • Digestive problems
• Behavioural problems • Ear infections
• Sleep problems
Conditions • Respiratory: Emphysema
• Sinusitis • Asthma
• Allergies • Bronchitis
• Circulatory: hypertension
• Angina pectoris • Arteriosclerosis
• Anemia • Digestive: constipation
• Colitis • IBS • Peptic ulcer
• Indigestion • Abdominal pain
• Diarrhea • Vomiting
• Nausea • Haemorrhoids • Gallstones
Gastronintestinal: food allergies
• Peptic ulcer • Chronic diarrhea
• Indigestion • Anorexia
• Gastritis • Other: fatigue
• Low energy • High blood pressure
• Parkinson's disease • Diabetes
• Poor circulation • High cholesterol
Lifestyle • Relaxation • Stress management
• Wellness maintenance

Traditional Chinese Medicine FAQs

Answer

How is assessing a patient different in TCM than in Western medicine?

To diagnose a condition or disease using Western medicine, the patient's history, physical findings, and test results are used, and treatment is devised according to the patient's symptoms or the root cause of the problem. TCM establishes a diagnosis of the individual rather than the disease, and uses a process called 'syndrome identification'. Practitioners traditionally use four methods to evaluate a patient's situation:

  • observing (especially the tongue),
  • hearing/smelling,
  • asking/interviewing, and
  • touching/palpating (especially the pulse).
The practitioner makes a dynamic conceptualization of the individual's situation to determine the type of disharmony for the individual. This status is called 'zheng' or 'syndrome'. The therapeutics used to restore the harmony within the person and between the person and their environment are determined by the identified 'syndrome'.

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What are the variety of therapies TCM practitioners use to promote health
and treat disease?

The most commonly used are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Acupuncture Other TCM therapies include:

  • moxibustion
  • cupping
  • Tuina
  • dietary therapy and
  • mind-body therapies such as qi gong and tai chi.

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What is herbal medicine?

Herbal preparations of various forms are also used in TCM to restore and maintain health. These herbal prescriptions are composed of single herbs that are chosen for their unique properties, tailored to the individual's specific needs. 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.

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What is Tuina?

Tuina is a form of oriental bodywork that uses therapeutic manipulations to affect not only the muscles and joints, but also the flow of energy in the body. Because of its focus on the stimulation of specific points along the energy channels, it may be considered a form of acupuncture. However, being a treatment without needles, it especially well suited to pediatric care.

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What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion is the process whereby moxa, a dried herb, is burned, either directly on the skin, or just above the skin, over specific acupuncture points relative to a condition. When lit, moxa burns slowly and provides a penetrating heat that can enter the channels, or meridians to influence qi and blood flow. A very common form of indirect moxabustion uses moxa sticks, which resemble large cigars or incense sticks. These are lit and held about an inch above the point or area to be treated. They are usually rotated or turned quickly toward, and then away from the skin.

The choice of when, where, and if moxabustion is to be used is a matter of clinical judgement for the practitioner, in consultation with the patient.

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What is Chinese cupping?

Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. A practitioner can create the suction in the cups through various methods. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as "gliding cupping). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup.

Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.

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What TCM safe?

Traditional Chinese Medicine as undergone some of the most rigorous testing and research of all the treatment options offered by complementary and alternative therapies. Furthermore, the two treatments most often utilized in TCM clinical practice, acupuncture and herbal medicine, are supported as effective by many research studies.

Although there is much work to be done before we can truly understand the mechanisms of acupuncture and Qi, there is a growing body of solid evidence that suggests acupuncture and TCM are safe and effective for the treatment of many conditions.

More importantly, Chinese medicine may have much to offer us in the West in terms of things we can do to prevent illness and disease, optimize our health, and enhance our wellbeing. From the University of Minnesota. "Taking Charge of Your Wellbeing"

http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/traditional-chinese-medicine/-tcm-evidence-based-and-safe

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Is Traditional Chinese Medicine regulated?

The passing of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act in 2006 created the self-regulatory body of The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, which as of April 1, 2013, now demands that every practitioner must pass a series of tests, or display that they have equivalent experience after having seen at least 2,000 patients in the last five years, to register with the register with the College. The new rules make Ontario one of just two provinces in Canada to regulate traditional Chinese medicine. British Columbia is the other.

Frank Chen is a registered with College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario and is able to use the designation R.TCMP (Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner).

 Insight into this missing piece of the weight-loss equation can be found in an ancient healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Rodale News, "Raise Your Qi, Drop Your Weight."
Jeffery Rossman, PhD
May 24, 2010

Most of us struggle with weight regulation because a narrow focus on burning and consuming calories misses a crucial element of how our bodies function. A missing piece of the weight-loss equation has to do with energy. Not the energy we consume as food or the energy we expend through exercise. Rather, the energy that powers the vital functions of our body. If that energy is strong and well-balanced, our ability to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight is tremendously enhanced.

In the view of TCM, weight regulation is not primarily about calorie intake and expenditure. It's about fortifying, channeling, and sustaining qi. Fortifying qi raises your metabolism, and provides you with an invigorating feeling of well-being. If the qi in the digestive system is strong, your body will be able to optimally transform the food you eat into energy you can use. Two of the factors that weaken qi are excessive stress and inadequate sleep. Prolonged stress and sleep deprivation raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes the body to store, rather than burn, fat.

Want to see recommendations for raising your energy level naturally and making weight loss easier? See the full article in our Live Better Blog

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