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Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Network UK (CAHMN)

The Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Network UK (CAHMN) is a special group of qualified Chinese acupuncturists who practice in the UK and providing high-level services for the patients who suffering with Headache, Lower Back Pain (LBP), Stress, fertility and Eczema,

Members of the CAHMN already have or commit to post graduate learning and all mandatory request Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on the areas of headache, lower back pain, stress, fertility, eczema, etc. They are often called TCM doctors by their clients as they all gained sufficient education of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Chinaand provide relevant remedies including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina therapeutic message, and so on.

Members of CAHMN are qualified after minimum 5-year full-time TCM educationin in China and are practitioner members of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM) or equivalent TCM associations.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of primary health care that includes Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage (Tuina), exercise andbreathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet and lifestyle advice. The most popular forms of TCM health care are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine

TCM has an uninterrupted history of development in China dating back thousands of years. The primary feature of modern TCM is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual.

TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.

What is the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a history of about 3000 years. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by the manuscript "Recipes for 52 Ailments", found in the Mawangdui tombs which were sealed in 168 BC.The first traditionally recognized herbalist is Shénnóng, who is said to have lived around 2800 BC.His ShénnóngB?nC?oJ?ng is considered as the oldest book on Chinese herbal medicine. The Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders was collated by Zhang Zhongjing during West Han dynasty in ancient China, which was one of the most important TCM classic work. It was the first medical work to group symptoms into clinically useful "patterns" (zheng) that could serve as targets for therapy. Li Shizhen wrote the Compendium of Materia Medica (BencaoGangmu) during Ming Dynasty, which summarised most of the herbal theories before Ming. There were also various other famous TCM masters and their established theories during Ming and Qing Dynasties, which facilitated the development of TCM then. Qinghao herbal extracts, one of the most effective anti-malaria medication, were among the modern TCM inventions.

Acupuncture was originated from China. The history of acupuncture can be dating back to over 3000 years. From Neolithic Age Chinese ancestors started use sharp stone to stimulate certain points of body for release pain. It was called Bianshi therapy. Gradually they improved the sharp stones in stone needles and then made jade and bone into needle shape for point stimulation. According to literal recording, the first series bronze acupuncture needle was invented by Fuxi Emperor when he was in power at 2400-2370 BC. Some other classical text recorded nine kinds of bronze needles were invented by Yellow Emperor (2337-2307 BC). Many acupuncture theories and treatment were recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing), the most important classical text in traditional Chinese medicine. In the history some great masters of Chinese medicine had published their monographs on acupuncture. The acupuncture knowledge was hand down from generation to generation.

Since the sixth century AD, acupuncture was spread to Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam and other neighbouring countries which have similar culture. Only after the sixteen century AD, along with maritime trade, diplomatic and preacher exchanges, acupuncture extended to Netherlands, France, England, Italy and Germany. At that time acupuncture only practiced in a small range, it never getting popular in Europe until 1970’.

In 1971, an American journalist was given acupuncture during recovery from an emergency appendectomy in China. He described the experience in the New York Times. This promoted a new acupuncture heat in US and western countries. A lot of peoples came to China from different countries to learn acupuncture in the universities of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture became popular in the world. Currently there are 182 countries and districts use acupuncture. In 2003 World Health Organization (WHO) published a report about clinical trials research, 91 diseases and conditions were listed as indications of acupuncture.

What is the history of TCM in the UK

TCM spread to many countries worldwide, including the UK about 350 years ago. The hardworking TCM practitioners from mainland China and their significant efficacies have influenced the general public in the world since 1970s and 1980s, causing a global TCM climax and opening of TCM clinics everywhere. Currently there are about 1000 TCM clinics in the UK.

In the last couple of decades, acupuncture has become a British medical madality. Acupuncture treatment is advertised everywhere including shop windows on every high street, and its popularity has drawn an attention of the higher education. Many teaching institutes established acupuncture programme, so have private colleges. The beauty of TCM has been recognized as the root and most developed theory for acupuncture. More and more TCM acupuncturists appears in the market and acupuncture research is booming. Although Chinese research evidence is not thought to be strong enough by western standard, and western research often appears inconclusive, acupuncture still grows in popularity due to patients’ positive experience like in China.

Although contemporary interest in the healing needle is often perceived and presented as a new phenomenon, or as part of peculiarly modern trends and circumstances, acupuncture, in fact has a long history in Britain, extending back to the seventeenth century, when the first medical and literary descriptions of Chinese medicine were published in London and other European capitals.

Nowadays, there are over 10,000 acupuncturists in the UK and practice different style of acupuncture, for example, Chinese traditional acupuncture, 5 elements acupuncture, western acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, Korea acupuncture, and so on. The variety of styles of practice in acupuncture is due to the many different courses available to practitioners. Most medical acupuncturists who using dry needle are health care professionals who are qualified medical doctor, physiotherapists and nurses in UK. Training for dry needling involves a few weekend courses as a CPD programme. English traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are trained in the university or private colleges in the UK as a bachelor degree or diploma. While Chinese medicine doctors have had 5 years training in China and practice comprehensive Chinese medicine including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese massage, cupping and moxibustion. They are qualified doctors and worked in the hospital in China prior to coming to the UK. This group of practitioners mostly are a member of Association of TCM and some of them have joined both BAcC and Herbal registration council. As one of the most popular alternative treatment, acupuncture can be claimed back from most private health insurance companies.

What is the difference between TCM and western medicine?

Based on natural remedies, incorporating acupuncture and herbs, TCM works with the body’s own energies to combat illness, which aims to restore a person’s health, balance and harmony on all levels—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Chinese Medicine different from western medicine in two major aspect : At first. It is holistic think. It considers all sides of individual condition , climate , season, geographic location and emotion factors to deliver a true systemic healthcare system. Chinese medicine seeks to combine treatment of the disorder (root )cause with treatment of its symptoms (manifestations).by treating the root any underlying condition may help or cure system will be support or amplify wherever possible .the aim of Chinese Medicine is to treat the disorder at all its levers and by doing so offer much more than palliate relief . Secondly,Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment is based upon how a person rests to cause of disease and weaving all symptoms into a pattern of how that interacts with his environment.so called BIAN ZHENG LUN ZHI.Chinese Medicine can treat conditions that do not necessarily fall into a particular disease category,many people have controllable fatigue or apparently vague disorders which are diagnosable with western medicine,ChineseMedicine will be able to activate the innate healing ability of body and mind. From the Chinese medicine point of view prevention is always better than the cure.