Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) divides the human body into the Yin and the Yang. Chinese medicine believes that the body is healthy when there is balance between these two elements. An imbalance can lead to injury and disease. The core principle of treatment in TCM is to restore and maintain the balance between the Yin and the Yang.

TCM utilises many methods to treat diseases and injuries. Some techniques used include:

  • Herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Cupping
  • Qigong
  • Moxibustion


Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago and is a method of treating an injury or disease by stimulating meridians and acu-points with needles. Fort Healthcare only uses fine point, single use and sterile needles.

How does it work?

These needles will be placed along meridian points of the human body which stimulate healing. The needles can help redistribute the Yin and Yang and help to correct any imbalances to relieve tension, stress and pain.

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is effective in treating the following:

Bone and joint disorders: cervical spondylosis, lumbar disc herniation, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and degenerative knee conditions.
Pain and nervous system disorders: headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, intercostal neuralgia, facial paralysis and limb dysfunction after a stroke.
Gastrointestinal system disorders: gastritis, chronic duodenal ulcers, colitis and constipation.


Cupping therapy is another technique that is used in TCM. Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. Evidence has been found of ancient Egyptians using cupping techniques as early as 1550BC.

How does it work?

A vacuum is created between the cup and the skin by burning alcohol, herbs or paper. It can produce a wide range of stimulating effects when placed on certain acu-points or meridian lines. Cupping therapy can assist with increasing blood circulation and reducing symptoms of blood disorders such as anemia or haemophilia. It is very effective in relieving inflammation and fatigue. It can even help with managing symptoms of a cold.

These are some of the conditions that cupping therapy is great at treating:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Flu symptoms
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Epigastric pain
  • Muscle ache
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Soft tissue contusion
  • Joint pain


Moxibustion is the TCM therapy used by burning the dried wormwood herb “Mugwort” (Artemisia argyi). Although this herb is hideous by name, it is an amazing plant with great treatment applications. Moxibustion assists treatment by increasing stimulation, promoting blood circulation and creating warmth in an injured area. It can help in managing the symptoms of injuries and diseases when applied to meridians or acu-points.

These are some of the conditions that Moxibustion is great at treating:

  • Joint Pain
  • Shoulder, arm, back, leg pain
  • Epigastic Pain
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Gastroptosis
  • Menstrual disorders