Balancing Body & Spirit
The body is the smartest machine ever built; sometimes it just needs a little help to find its way back into a healthy balance and harmony. This line of thinking, also known as Yin & Yang, is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The concept of yin and yang can be used to describe everything that exists in the universe, including every body part and function we have. Although Eastern medicine is a very different way of thinking compared to Western medicine, its tradition looks at treating the person as a whole, not just its isolated symptoms.
History and Background
Traditional Chinese Medicine originates back 3,000-5,000 years ago in China. It is one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world and is globally gaining more popularity. As a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM), Dr.Vallée is able to recognize exactly what is causing these patterns of disharmony, which can be related to lifestyle, nutrition, habits, thought processes, our environment or surroundings. She can offer practical and effective methods to making the appropriate adjustments and treatment plan. These include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional advice, moxibustion, cupping, gentle exercises, or tuina massage. A combination of all systems creates an ideal environment for healing and health. This approach to health, although different from what we have grown accustomed to here in the West, can be used in conjunction with western medicine to great effect. This is evident today in China and other parts of Asia, where TCM delivers over 40% of healthcare services alongside a thriving western medical system. We must make use of the best treatment methods we have today and work together in complete synergy.
Prevention is the best medicine
Just like your car, your body needs regular maintenance so it can keep running smoothly. You take your car in to the mechanics for a regular checkup, oil change and tire rotation so it can run at an optimum level. Everyday wear and tear eventually takes a toll and if you neglect your automobile things start to break down. The body is no different from a car in this sense. If you see the oil light go on, it's usually too late for an oil change and far more complex problems can occur. If you neglect your health until something is wrong you can run into serious issues. It's easier to be pro-active about your health than reactive.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes in living according to your age and constitution for optimum health and longevity. What is distinctive about TCM is that Dr.Vallée will look at your tongue and take your pulse to read your different organ systems, along with asking you specific detailed questions about digestion, sleep, mood, energy levels, and more to help understand your body and mind. She sees symptoms simply as signs, as a language by which the body expresses its need to be whole again.
Every individual is unique with specific strength and weaknesses that needs to be balanced with lifestyles, dietary choices and individual treatments to keep everything in a healthy balance.