Dr. Zhao is an internationally registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), specialising in acupuncture. She has 25 years' clinical experience in China, Middle East and Europe, including as private retained TCM Physician for the Royal family in the Sultanate of Oman.
For those who wish to avoid the use of pharmaceutical medicines, acupuncture offers a holistic alternative for restoring good health and freeing yourself of pain caused by chronic conditions. Results vary from person to person but in the majority of cases there is total, or near total, recovery.
Practiced for more than 2500 years, acupuncture is one of the safest and most natural form of therapy in the world. Acupuncture is based on the theory of Chinese traditional medicine. The role of acupuncture is to clear the meridians and harmonise the flow of qi (energy and blood).
The technique involves the insertion of fine needles into the surface of the skin. The depth that the needle is inserted depends on the condition to be treated. The needles are placed at certain points of the meridians that correspond to the condition. For instance, when treating migraine, needles will not only be placed in the head but also in pressure points in the arms and legs.
Acupuncture has a relatively long term effectiveness and uses certain pressure points. Normally, acupuncture can be done over 2 - 4 sessions per week. Usually one session is for 30 minutes. The number of sessions for treatment are prescribed by the doctor, depending on the patient’s condition
Acupuncture can also be used to treat patients with both acute and chronic serious conditions. A summary of some of the conditions that can be treated are shown below:
* Headaches - acupuncture can be used to all forms of headache including migraines, tension headaches. In most cases pain is reduced after the first acupuncture session.
* Anxiety - acupuncture is an effective and lasting treatment to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
* Neck and shoulder pain - discomfort in these areas can be significantly eased after just one session of acupuncture.
* Hot flushes - for flushes associated with both menopause and following breast cancer treatment, acupuncture is extremely effective in decreasing symptoms.
*. Bell's Palsy - in 90% of cases acupuncture is effective in controlling symptoms of this disorder.
* Stroke - acupuncture used as soon as possible after hospital treatment is completed can result in significant and faster recovery. Where paralysis has occurred, acupuncture can work with the nerves to facilitate recovery. The needles will inserted into points that are linked to neurological processing and in this way the patient will be able to recover the ability to walk, speak and regain normality.
Like acupuncture, cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy which follows the lines of the meridians. Usually this it is performed on the back, but can also be done on the stomach or legs. Heated cups are placed on the skin, creating a partial vacuum. The suction and pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone.
Cupping can be used to relieve the following disorders: back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines. It works to encourage Qi and blood circulation, reduce congestion and pain, increase detoxification and strengthen metabolism
There are two types of cupping - dry cupping and wet/blood cupping (referred as hijama in Arabic). Blood cupping is slightly different from dry cupping as blood is suctioned out from the body with the cupping cups. Blood cupping can be conducted once a month, whereas dry cupping can be done twice a month, but this may vary depending on the patient’s condition. Both forms of cupping can result in immediate relief from symptoms and this is generally long term or permanent.
Bachelor’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (China)