Welcome to the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - which by the way - is not actually a medicine, but an umbrella of many different practices: Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tai Chi, and dietary therapy. TCM medicine dates back to more than 4,000 years, it is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism. For those of you not familiar with the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, head to our Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (FAQ) post here.
1. First, a pulse check.
When you go to chinese medicine practitioner, there is usually a touching of the wrist to find your pulse. This not only tells the tcm practitioner if your blood circulation is good or not (is your skin warm or cold?) but also, how strong is your pulse (does your body deliver nutrients well?) Learn more about what the pulse says about you, here.
2. Next, a tongue diagnosis so get ready to say AAAHH.
As grimy as this might feel, looking at your tongue in the mirror is something that really helps understand what's going in your body, today. There is an entire ancient repository of tongue patterns that help your TCM practitioner understand what's going on, so don't be afraid. Stick it out!
3. Then, some personal questions about you - how's your juju? and stool? what about your sleeping/eating habits? stressed out?
The good thing is, you've noticed something seems to be off and a quick fix isn't going to do fo the trick. Your acupuncturist will want to know your entire medical history, and any dietary practices you have. And finally, what are you dealing with? TCM is very holistic. For example, when treating headache, your doctor won't look at your head. So spill the beans! Tell us everything and we can help you understand what's going on. If you are looking for in-person chinese medicine NYC, check out Dr. Sun here. If you are looking for a virtual consult in chinese medicine, you can also book a wellness session with Jennifer Sun here.
Acupuncture needles are placed on specific Acupuncture Points - designated sites along the skin where the channels of Qi (vital life source) come closest to the surface of the body. These points are stimulated with microthing needles which are inserted to unblock and improve the circulation of Qi and Blood.
This is especially helpful when Qi gets stuck - which commonly happens as a result of to stress, sleep deprivation, surgery pain, etc.
Do the needles hurt? No - these needles are microthin and the only thing you feel is some pressure under the skin. For more on what is Acupuncture, head to our Traditional Chinese Medicine (FAQ) post here.
After 45minutes or so, you may feel wobbly or suddenly tired. That's okay - you've just released a lot of tension, block stagnant energy, and your vessels are now flowing much freely.
Depending on your current balance (or in-balance), Chinese Herbal Blends are designed to focus on the health of Qi, Moisture, and Blood. Taking a truly holistic approach, each blend is comprised of various herbs, each addressing more than just one part of your body.
And if you went to acupuncture with a friend, don't expect to have the same - why? Because your unique body has it's own stuff going on, but the herbs can balance you, just in the way YOU need! While truly magical, these herbal blends also taste very bitter. These plants are here to work.
Lucky for you, modern chinese medicine saves you some work. Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs are now available in easy-to consume formats such as herbal balls or pills, to dissolvable powders. The modern approach to TCM herbs saves a bunch of time and from the gut-wrenching bitter taste too!
Many people who suffer from chronic health conditions approach us with questions on
- traditional chinese medicine for fertility
- chinese medicine for weight loss
- natural remedies for stress management
- herbal medicine for hormonal imbalance
or are simply looking for a holistic TCM diagnosis to help better manage health conditions that Western medicine can't seem to tackle.
By taking a holistic and personalized approach with natural remedies and traditional Chinese medicine herbs, TCM is really one of the most holistic and ancient rooted health practices that continues to help solve the common ailments now seen in the modern ways of life.
My earliest memories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in the living room of my childhood home, where my dad, Dr. Sun, held his first Acupuncture space. At a young age, I saw the myriad of herbs he would pull together for his patients. Our basement was an apothecary, our kitchen filled with my pieces from my Operator set, and the living room served patients. After immigrating to New York City from Shanghai in the 1970s, my parents, like many other immigrants of New York, left everything they ever knew, to build a brand new life from scratch.
As a first generation American-born-Chinese kid growing up in NYC, it was hard to understand why my parents didn't pack me Capri-suns and Fig Newtons in my lunchbox. Instead of letting me wear short-shorts and slurp Ralph's Italian ices all Summer long, I was taught to always drinking warm water no matter what, make sure my feet were never freezing cold, and to listen to my body and treat it well.
While having practiced Chinese Medicine for a lifetime with my dad, it wasn't until a few years ago that I truly started to feel like I wanted to step into this world and be a champion of this beautiful, complex, and deeply connected world of ancient healing and wisdom. My friends and family were all beginning to seek holistic and alternative forms of health, and they would come to me and I would send them to my dad.
My turning point came when I saw the wellness industry seem to explode with all sorts of Qi Balancing, Yin Boosting, He Shou Wu touting products for this-that-and the other. Appalled by the lack of direction consumers face today in navigating "what wellness products should I take and why", I felt the need to step up and bring clear and medically supported guidance in navigating the natural way to being well.
I am making a step towards building a lineage of Traditional Healers and continuing the legacy that my dad, Dr. Sun, has created. This is inspired by a life long learning of my own culture and heritage that came thousands of years before me. And together we will learn, appreciate, and share the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Welcome to a world of inspiration: here to teach you how to listen to your body, feed it what it needs, and give you the tools to understand how to rebalance the yin to your yang with everyday foods.
Modern Chinese Wellness, from my family to yours.
- Jennifer Sun