What is Classical Chinese Medicine?

Kellie Chambers, L.Ac., MOAM, Dipl. Ac. working on a patient face down on a table.
Kellie Chambers doing accupuncture on a patient's back
Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) represents one of humanity’s richest uninterrupted streams of traditional knowledge. It is a highly sophisticated clinical system that offers a real alternative for the serious health care needs of our time.  Classical Chinese Medicine is rooted in an ancient tradition that has evolved over the past two thousand years, whereas Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was created in the mid-20th century in China. TCM has standardized therapies based on symptoms, which is beneficial for doing studies that show efficacy. However, Classical Chinese Medicine is much more useful in clinical practice since it respects the complex, individualized nature of each patient and seeks to identify the root cause of symptoms.  Classical Chinese Medicine sees the body and mind as a fluid, ever-changing system with all its parts connected to one another. Although Americans generally perceive Chinese medicine as simply acupuncture, Classical Chinese Medicine uses a variety of modalities to treat patients; including the applications of Acupuncture, Qigong therapies, Asian Bodywork and Manual therapies (such as cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion), Chinese Herbology, plus Chinese Nutrition and Lifestyle counseling. The primary distinguishing feature of Classical Chinese Medicine is its way of thinking—why and when and how does one chose to apply a therapeutic modality, rather than insisting that the use of acupuncture alone defines a practitioner of the classical art of Chinese medicine.  
Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies.  Classical Chinese Medicine embraces the ancient spirit of utilizing time-honored modes of holistic thought in an ever changing space-time environment; thus honoring the whole person, their movement through life, and their connection with the greater evolution of all life.

Cupping Therapy

An ancient Chinese method of clearing local congestion, stagnation, and toxicity within the body. Cupping is a very effective form of physical and emotional release. The cups can impact the body’s processes deeply into the tissues, allowing the release of toxins, activating the lymphatic system, removing stagnation, and encouraging the flow of new blood and body fluids, as well as qi. Cupping is useful, safe, and can be added to any modality of treatment, for many indications, to enhance the results. Because of it’s unique use of negative pressure, cupping can often have an incredible impact in the healing process.

Gua Sha

Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guā shā), meaning “Raking Sand“, is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the superficial layers of tissue in an injured or blocked area of the body, are scraped with a porcelain spoon, to alleviate qi and fluid stagnation, open the pores, and eliminate harmful pathogenic factors from the body. This often produces sha, a raised red area of the skin. Gua sha ultimately releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates fresh qi and blood flow, producing a profound healing potential.
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Joel Amezcua, L.Ac.

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