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What is Guasha (刮痧)?

Guasha (刮痧), also known as “skin scraping therapy” is a form of treatment used in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. It is used based on the cutaneous (十二皮部) theory in the study of Theories of Channels (经络学说).

It is executed by “scraping the skin” (specific location) using special apparatus to attain preventive or therapeutic effects.

The effects of Guasha (刮痧) vary from redness of the skin to reddish spots or to bruises formation. Warm heat sensation with slight to moderate pain may be experienced on the treatment area too. The ideal interval between two treatment sessions is 3 to 6 days.

Guasha (刮痧) is not for patients with severe coronary artery diseases, liver and kidney impairment, generalise edema, dermatological disorders, burn injuries, thrombocytopenia and haematological disorders and patients with poor constitutions.

What is Cupping (拔罐)?

Cupping (拔罐) is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine, in which a cup or a jar is attached to the skin surface using negative pressure created by introducing a flame into the cup or some other means of suction so as to form a localized congestion (bruising) to prevent or treat certain diseases. In general, the bruising may last for a few days to a few weeks depend on the constitution of the body. The materials and methods of cupping have been improved over the years and the therapeutic range has been expanded. In clinical practice, cupping is often combined with acupuncture. Based on TCM concepts, cupping can free channels and dredge collaterals, promote qi and activate blood, relieve swelling, pain, dispel wind and scatter cold. Cupping is not suitable for patients with skin ulcers, edema. Cupping is not applicable on areas where large vessels are distributed, pregnant woman and patients with fever.

What are Channels or Meridian points?

Channels and collaterals (经络) are pathways that transport qi and blood and connect the internal zangfu (脏腑) with the surface or other parts of the body. The channel theory studies the pathway distribution, physiological functions and pathological changes of the channels and collaterals in the human body, as well as their relationships with internal zangfu (脏腑). It is the foundation of acupuncture and other forms of TCM treatments and remains as an important component in the basic theories of traditional Chinese medicine. Moreover, the channel theory plays a significant role in the explaining physiology and pathology of diseases and provides guidance in diagnosis and treatment in clinical practice of all subjects of TCM. Acupoints (腧穴) are referred to the places where acupuncture is applied. They are specifics sites where the qi of zangfu and channels is transported to the body surface. Since an acupoint is distributed along the course of a channel, it is sometimes call “channel point 经穴”.

What is human body metabolism?

Metabolism 新陈代谢is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function.

Metabolism can be divided into two categories: Catabolism 分解代谢(异化代谢) is the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy and Anabolism 合成代谢 is the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells. Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients and Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism.

It is a common belief that slim people have a high metabolic rate while overweight/obese people have a low metabolic rate. However, it is important to understand that underlying conditions, such as hypothyroidism 甲状腺功能减退 can be a common cause of obesity. Weight gain is mainly due to energy imbalance.

How TCM treatment is able to adjust the constitution of the human body?

Chinese medicine has a long history. Briefly, Chinese medicine investigates the reactive state of man to its surroundings from the angle that the human body is an organic whole and man and its external environment are closely related, and grasps the primary contraction and the primary contradictory respect for the body’s reactive state by seeing through the clinical signs to explore the essence of a disease. It takes the corresponding therapeutic means based on the dynamic balance theory so as to get the purpose of curing the disease through regulation to re-establish the dynamic balance of yin-yang harmony. Treatment determination based on syndrome differentiation is the essential principle for Chinese medicine to recognise and treat a disease. It is a special method of research and treatment of disease, and also one of the essential characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Why is healthy diet important during the course of TCM slimming?

In general, obesity can be very closely related to the “malfunction” of the spleen in the context of traditional Chinese medicine. The spleen, in TCM has a function of transformation and transportation, send up the clear and control blood. The spleen transforms the foodstuff into essence, thus provides substantial basis for postnatal life activity and production of qi-blood. The spleen is in charge of transforming and transporting water as well.

Therefore, by following a healthy diet regime during the course of treatment and post treatment, it helps to prevent “overloading” the spleen which in turn can cause stagnation resulting in “phlegm 痰湿” formation and rebound, and “phlegm 痰湿” itself is one of the cause of obesity.

How fast can I see the results using TCM slimming?

Results from TCM slimming varies due to many factors. However it is important to remember that in any form of treatment, following treatment instructions will help boost therapeutic results (always discuss issues with therapist) and the utmost crucial factor is to practice good activities of daily living during and post treatment so as to attain a satisfactory and long lasting result.