EYES EARS NOSE AND THROAT
To understand how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help with problems with the ears, eyes, nose and throat, it is worth considering for a moment the Chinese medical concept of ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘Chee’). This is the fundamental vitality of the body that keeps it functioning in a balanced manner, and which flows through the body along certain pathways that the Chinese call meridians. These meridians connect with the internal organs of the body to create a lattice of communication networks that ensure the proper working of the entire body.
When the Qi is abundant and free flowing; the eyes are bright and the vision clear, hearing is acute, the nose and sinuses are unobstructed and the throat is relaxed and swallowing comfortable. When one of these organs is not functioning so effectively, it points to an insufficiency of the Qi flowing to it; this flow may be interrupted by local factors, but Chinese medicine also sees important connections between the sense organs and the internal organs, and so our treatment of problems involving the ears, eyes, nose and throat is holistic. For example, problems with the sinuses and nasal passages may point towards a disharmony in the respiratory and digestive functions, whilst red and painful eyes might indicate that the liver needs treatment.
Please click on the links on the left hand menu to read about specific conditions. The list is not exhaustive but gives you an idea of how we approach eye, ears, nose & throat problems generally.