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Chinese medicine with MinQ

Traditional chinesse medicine is based on the hypothesis that: 

  • Our body is a miniature version of the universe.

  • Balance is important for health between the opposing forces of  yin and yang.

  • The body's function can be understood by the relationships of the 5 elements—fire, earth, wood, metal, and water.

  • There is an energy that needs to flow unimpeded though our body called Qi, it helps maintain health.

Traditional chinesse medicine can include the following disciplines:

  • Acupuncture

  • Moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points)

  • Chinese herbal medicine

  • Tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage)

  • Dietary therapy

  • Tai Chi and qi gong

Side Effects and Risks

  •  Some of the herbs used in Chinese medicine can interact with drugs, can have serious side effects, or may be unsafe for people with certain medical conditions. Please discuss this with your chinese medicine practitioner. The GPs at the practice may have limited knowledge of the Chinese herbs but are always happy to consult to dicuss the patients health concerns. 

  • Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported. However, adverse effects—some of them serious can occur.

  • Tai chi and qi gong are considered to be generally safe practices.

  • Both moxibustion and cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin to create a slight suction) may mark the skin, usually temporarily. The origin of these marks should be explained to health care providers so that they will not be mistaken for signs of disease or physical abuse.

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