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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system composed of acupuncture and prescription Chinese herbs that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for over 2 thousand years. Chinese medicine can remedy ailments, reduce pain, enhance recuperative power, immunity and lower stress.


TCM is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced chee) which is the life force or vital energy. Qi is the animating force that serves to warm us, protect us from external pathogenic factors, promote the functions of the body and hold our organs and tissues in place. Qi travels along specific pathways that cover the body called meridians. There are 12 meridians and each one is associated with a particular physiological system and/or internal organ.

Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture treatments are best combined with Chinese herbs. There are thousands of herbs in the Chinese pharmacopia, consisting of plants, minerals and animal products. These substances are used especially to strengthen and build the body’s constitution in deficient, weakened conditions. Chinese herbal medicine enhances and augments the therapeutic effects of an acupuncture treatment. They are something you can take at home to support your healing between acupuncture treatments.

Traditional Chinese Cupping is an effective ancient modality for treating various pain syndromes. It is performed by fire heating a glass apparatus and placing the cup on the skin using only the suction produced from the heat. This causes blood to migrate to the area of concern and release the tissues in the surrounding area.


Common conditions treated with cupping:

  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritic joint and muscular conditions
  • Skin conditions
  • Cellulite
  • Scar tissue
  • & More

If you are a woman experiencing gynecological difficulties and/or a gynecological condition, Traditional Chinese Medicine may be the natural alternative for you! Many women experience menstrual, menopausal and sexual issues caused by various changes within the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine works to discover the cause of the ailment, and to treat the entire condition and person as whole, not just cover up the symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors often work in conjunction with your Naturopathic in order to achieve the best standard of care. At the Lakeside Clinic, our team can help you! Mai Pham, R.Ac., R. TCMP, uses acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments tailored to your individual needs-to get you back on the path to health!

Menstrual Conditions:

  • Abdominal cramping/pain (dysmenorrhea)
  • Menopause & peri-menopause
  • Hot flashes/sweating
  • PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)
  • Irregular flow cycle (irregular, heavy, scanty, or lack of menstruation)


Vaginal Conditions:

  • Thick discharge (leucorrhea)
  • Yeast infection
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Vaginal itching
  • Vaginal Dryness


Fertility, Pregnancy & Post Partum Conditions:

  • Infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine myoma (fibroids)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine prolapse
  • History of, or potential miscarriage
  • Morning sickness
  • Breech fetus
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Breast disorders (lumps, discharge, etc.)
  • Post-partum bleeding/discharge (lochia)
  • Post-partum depression


Please talk to our Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner about any other concerns you have about your health that may not be listed above.