Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a vast body of knowledge and practices that can offer you help for specific ailments or simply help to improve your general health and wellbeing.
At Acubody, we offer acupuncture as one of our core services but we also like to consider the wider benefits that can be gained for TCM.
Below are some effective ways you can benefit from this ancient scientific framework of wisdom that seeks to encourage the balance of the mind, body and spirit.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Many of the body’s processes that we rely on need sufficient levels of sleep to work. When you increase your sleep debt and give in to exhaustion, temporary illnesses and more severe conditions can quickly start to develop.
This probably isn’t news to you, but a reminder that one of the world’s oldest approaches to medicine and health places a great deal of importance on sleep might help encourage you to go to bed a little earlier tonight.
At the core of this belief is that balance relies on regularity and rhythm of our body’s processes. This includes activity, rest, and consumption of food and fluids. By supporting the way our body functions within a normal circadian rhythm, we can help all of our body’s processes do what they’re supposed to do.
It has also been said that being asleep at certain times of the night can impact how certain organs behave, such as your liver and gallbladder.
2. Keep Your Feet Warm
According to TCM, the feet are an incredibly important part of your body. Making sure they are well looked after and warm can help to support good health and wellbeing.
Keeping your feet warm can help to support the proper flow of energy through these meridians and cold temperatures can disrupt your balance.
3. Eat Hot or Warm Food
Cold and raw foods may be more difficult for some of us to digest, especially during colder months. By eating cooked food that is hot, or at least warm, we can help our body keep warm on the inside and improve our digestion. This can reduce bloating and digestive issues.
TCM practitioners also recommend choosing room temperature water or warm water and hot tea, rather than ice-cold drinks.
4. Mindful Movement
Traditional Chinese medicine encourages regular daily movement to achieve wellbeing and better health. It particularly supports gentle sustainable activities that can be performed with no serious toll on specific muscles or baby parts, such as Tai chi, walking, stretching, or light jogging.
Acupuncture can help to treat the body, mind, and spirit to promote balance. This treatment can help to improve the flow of energy throughout the body and support self-healing.
Integrating TCM into Your Life
To learn more about the beliefs and practices of TCM or to inquire about our acupuncture courses, get in touch with us at Acubody.
We have offered traditional Chinese medicine in London for a number of years and can help you figure out whether it could be a useful solution or remedy for a particular ailment you might have, or simply a useful protective and restorative method to improve your overall health and wellbeing.