Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient, profound method of healing.
We were all born with a purpose, but many factors get in our way, blocking our path to living the life we desire. TCM accepts and embraces change and growth in every dimension in our life, as long as it leads to a healthy physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life.
Traditional Chinese medicine treatments are supported by four basic pillars. First is the belief that your body operates as a whole, single unit, with each component necessary to the whole. Your mind, emotions, spirit and physical body are part of a complex system powered by your “life force,” or energy, known as Qi.
The second principle of TCM is that we are connected to nature, so the seasons, geographical location, time of day and genetics are important factors to consider.
The third principle states that the human body can self-heal. We a regenerative capacity that, when it is diminished or lost, must be restored. And finally, living a life of balance, and achieving a sense of well being in all aspects of life, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, is what leads to health, and should be our ultimate goal.
How is it traditional Chinese medicine used?
As a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, Dr. Kamau Kokayi has done comparative studies of eastern and western practices. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) puts therapeutic objectives and principles to work to not just correct maladjustments but to restore the body’s innate ability to heal itself. This is one reason Dr. Kokayi is an integrative practitioner. He believes that your body can and should heal itself, with the most natural methods possible.
TCM involves several practices, including the use of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. There are thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products in the traditional practice of Chinese medicine. Leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are combined into formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.
Acupuncture is another important practice in TCM. Procedures involve the stimulation of specific points on the body that are considered “gateways,” where the body’s healing fluids and energy should be able to flow freely to all parts of the body.
Qi Qong is centuries old. Dr Kokayi has utilized this bioenergetic therapy in his practice and combined this none touch therapy with his work in reconnective and pranic healing. In these therapies the practitioner as a conduit to direct life energy through their hands to the client.
Other treatments include moxibustion, dietary therapy, and practices like Tai Chi and tui na, a form of Chinese massage.
What does traditional Chinese medicine treat?
Traditional Chinese medicine has been effective in treating illness and preventing disease in all of the key areas of health. Respiratory issues, such as common colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma have all been successfully treated with TCM. Traditional Chinese medicine is also effective in treating disorders of the eye, mouth, and many gastrointestinal disorders, including acidity, ulcers, and colitis.
Musculoskeletal Disorders can be very successfully treated using TCM methods, especially acupuncture, which is known for being effective at treating headaches and migraines, neuralgia and palsy, paresis in early stages after a stroke, frozen shoulder or tennis elbow, lower back pain, or osteoarthritis.
Other conditions known to be helped through TCM methods include infertility, weight loss, acne, some forms of cancer, diabetes, psoriasis, and anxiety and depression.
It all depends on the skill, interest, and training of the practitioner. Dr Kokayi has been involved with Chinese medicine since 1979 and was among the earliest physicians to be certified in NYS.
How Does Dr. Kokayi use traditional Chinese medicine?
As a practitioner of TCM, Dr. Kokayi believes that prevention is always preferable to treating disease. Your body is a miraculous complex system that is constantly revealing signs and clues to your state of health. Are you paying attention? That is what Dr. Kokayi is here to help you learn to do.
TCM is a practice that requires a strong relationship built on trust and acceptance between the patient and practitioner. Dr. Kokayi is a caring, nonjudgmental doctor who will listen to your “history,” and your symptoms, and use his vast knowledge of TCM practices guiding you to a clear path of wellness.
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At Healing Health Services you can learn how to pay attention to the signs your body gives you, ahead of time, so you can avoid disease and illness. Call for an appointment today, and get to work with Dr. Kamau Kokayi on your Healing Health Profile and wellness plan right away.
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