Chinese Thoery and Acupuncture, St. Marychurch, Torquay, Devon.

Chinese Theory

Chinese Diagnosis

The Chinese definition of health
One of the great things about acupuncture is that it is designed to be preventative as well as curative. This is because of the way health in viewed in Chinese Medicine. In the west we are used to being ‘healthy’ until some point when we step over some invisible line and become ‘ill’. This can lead to some very frustrating situations when we ‘know’ there’s something not quite right but according to all the medical tests, we are perfectly well. In Chinese medicine this does not happen because health and wellness is measured on a continuum, with perfect health at one end and seriously unhealthy at the other. Also, because acupuncture in holistic, all conditions and symptoms are assessed at the same time, allowing the interactions and links between conditions to become apparent and explainable.

Below are links to the physiological understanding of the organs from a Chinese perspective. These Functions form the bases of health and disease within the whole person.

The Function of the Kidneys
The Function of the Bladder

Kidney Syndromes
Bladder Syndromes

The Function of the Liver
The Function of the Gall Bladder

The Function of the Large Intestine
The Function of the Lung

The Function of the Heart
Functions of the Pericardium
Function of the Small Intestine
Functions of the Triple Burner

Function of the Stomach
Function of the Spleen

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Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practised in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it to exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).