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Pamper your Body and Soul with Ancient Medical Treatment

You might be wondering about the secret ingredient behind the strong health of Chinese people, and how they are constantly on top of the Olympics and sports in general! It all sums up to a healthy regimen they created called TCM; a.k.a. Traditional Chinese Medicine. Practitioners, in China, were able to save their ancestors’ ancient medical practices and beliefs for thousands of years. And today, the treatments of TCM are worldwide spread. They basically include acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Tai chi. Those treatments are suitable for all ages, and can be used together. It’s said that TCM can heal you spiritually, and even treat and prevent health problems that may occur in the future!


The Solution for Physical Pain

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the body to reduce pain or induce anesthesia. An acupuncturist has to insert needles made of metal on certain points of the body, and this has to be practiced by highly professional people. This form of alternative medicine isn’t only popular in China; but it is also very commonly used in Indonesia as an essential treatment. According to an Indonesian practitioner, “actors and actresses have been using it and it is really effective”. It’s said that it can reduce the symptoms of having back pain, headache, and even stroke.

  • Acupuncture and Egyptian Societies:

It might be shocking for some Egyptians that there are 400 points on the body that can be stimulated by needles; including sensitive parts. Nevertheless, there are many Chinese clinics and centers that create acupuncture programs and sessions. here in Egypt, for their clients/ patients. But let’s first respond to the frequently asked questions by Egyptians:

  • Does it hurt?

It does not hurt when the Acupuncturist is highly experienced. The needles have the thickness of hair so they’re quite thin and the patient can only feel the mechanical interaction between the skin and the object, and maybe slight aching and warmth. If you felt any sort of pain, you have to inform your acupuncturist to adjust the needle in a way that makes you feel comfortable; otherwise you change the clinic and call for a different practitioner.

  • Is it safe?

Yes, it is absolutely safe with no side effects as long as it is practiced by a certified professional. The needles are sterilized and are for single use; although that might not be the case in Indonesia because some ancient treatments are just transferred from one generation to another such as in cupping (hijama) which is principally heated glass cups applied to the skin creating suction that’s believed to stimulate the flow of energy.

  • Is there any scientific evidence that states their efficiency?

Separating the scientific evidence from traditional practices is essential because our motive is to feel good and to renew our energy. At the end, our mental well-being is as important as our body health. Science doesn’t quite get it when it comes to spiritual things, but it is assured that acupuncture can cure people from anxiety and stress; therefore, it is worth to try. And while not certain about the reasons behind the Chinese belief, many people confirmed that it can prevent serious problems such as cancer.

  • How many sessions shall I take in the clinic or Chinese Center?

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health states that it depends on the availability of the patient; however, if you want to experience effectiveness, so you have to proceed with long term treatment. The session takes from 20 minutes to one hour, and the needles can work in the points that had serious injuries. According to a Chinese clinic in Egypt, they may require an X-ray from the patient to apply the needles on the acupuncture points that are causing pain.

  • How much does it cost?

The treatment is actually quite cheap. It costs about 180 EGP for 10 sessions of acupuncture. In Egypt, Acupuncture usually comes in packages including also cupping that costs 120 EGP; which is rather a realistic price.

Ancient Chinese Herbs

The Shortcut to Weight Loss

NCCIH organization confirms that the herbal medicine is extracted from different parts of the plant such as the flower petals, stems and roots.  They get transformed into a drink (such as herbal tea) or capsules. But it’s not always safe, as it can be toxic or contain drugs. Many people complain about some side effects of getting sleepy or having minor headaches. But Asian people use it primarily for weight loss. It’s, for them, the same as drinking green tea to lose weight.

Tai Chi

The Ultimate Therapy for Spiritual Healing

It’s an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi has been used for centuries to pamper the body and relax the mind. During the process, massage movements are applied to acupuncture points of the body with some breathing techniques involved. Many people think it has great impact on mental health; and that it cures stress, anxiety and also depression. It is recommended to use this kind of massage very often. And there are many centers in Egypt that provide the suitable environment to receive great pleasure during the session, with a cost of roughly 300 EGP.


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