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What is Traditional Chinese medicine?


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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a medicinal therapy based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years. The umbrella of TCM practices include various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy.

The goal of Traditional Chinese herbal therapy is to address unhealthy patterns or imbalances in your body that can be causing chronic or acute discomfort.

Chinese Herbs are most often compounded together into a custom formula that is specific to the patient's condition, diagnosis, and constitution. As the person's health improves and the nature of the imbalance changes, so does the formula; some herbs are removed while others are added to facilitate the progression of the changing condition.

What are the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese medicine?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the practices are based on a theory that there are five elements or phases that each individual is a blend of, in order to be truly healthy, these elements need to be balanced. The basic elements are wood, fire, earth, water and metal.

The five elements are constantly flowing and changing based on the “qi” that flows through them. Each element becomes dominant at different times and is associated with different body organs, flavors, emotions and weather, which affects an individual’s health. Health issues arise when the elements are imbalanced, when one element becomes more dominant than the others.

What to expect in a Traditional Chinese medicine session at Pure Body Health Online?

Your initial consultation will be 60 minutes in length. During this, our qualified practitioner reviews your medical history, your specific concerns, and your health goals. They will perform a complaint-oriented set of diagnostic procedures.

A comprehensive individualized herbal treatment plan will be made specifically for you to meet your health goals.

A 45 min follow up is focused on education and diving more into key health concepts relating to your condition. 45 min visits are also recommended if the patient has not seen a practitioner in an extended period of time (3 months or more).

Your initial treatment plan will be reviewed and we will work with you to develop the next steps and further elaborate on specific treatment protocols based on the progress to date.

Regular follow-up visits are typically 30 min. Visits are scheduled based on the needs of your specific treatment plan, and will focus on monitoring progress, adapting and assisting positive changes as we move towards your health goals.

Meet our TCM practitioner Brock Paulin

Brook Paulin was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. He is a lifetime student and practitioner of the healing arts who realized his passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 2004, and has since been on this path.

Brook attained his Diploma of Acupuncture and Diploma of TCM Herbology from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). He then earned his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma, graduating magna cum laude, from Pacific Rim College.

Brook is a Registered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in British Columbia (R.TCM.P) and in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of British Columbia (CTCMA). He is also certified in Jin Shin Do, Mei-Zen Facial Rejuvenation, 5-Element Acupuncture, and Sports Medicine Acupuncture.

Aside from his growing TCM practice, Brook now teaches classes and supervises student clinics at Pacific Rim College, as well as manages their TCM herbal dispensary.

Who is this treatment for?

Traditional Chinese medicine can benefit your health in a number of ways including:

If you’d like to learn more about our Traditional Chinese medicine services offered online or book your virtual appointment - Contact us here!

Pure Body Health Online

Published On: 04/20/2021

By Pure Body Health Online

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