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Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese traditional medicine, also known as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years ago, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy. It is formed by summarizing the precious experience of understanding life, maintaining health, and fighting diseases accumulated in daily life.

In TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices to treat or prevent health problems. Today Chinese traditional Medicine continues to develop and is used by millions of people around the world.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Theory

It helps to understand that Chinese medicine is a practical system of medicine that grew out of empirical traditions and thousands of years of observed outcomes.

TCM is based around 4 ancient belief systems:

  1. The human body is a miniature version of the larger, surrounding universe.
  2. Harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces, called yin and yang, supports health, and disease results from an imbalance between these forces.
  3. Five elements—fire, earth, wood, metal, and water—symbolically represent all phenomena, including the stages of human life, and explain the functioning of the body and how it changes during disease.
  4. Qi, a vital energy that flows through the body, performs multiple functions in maintaining health.

There are several forms of Chinese Medicine practiced; the most common are:

  • Herbal Medicine – Chinese herbal medicine is the practice of combining individual herbs into formulas to promote health benefits. Herbs are carefully selected, processed, and dried. They are given to a patient in a tea or pill, or in the form of pharmaceutical grade extracts—the growing choice for most patients and practitioners.
  • Acupuncture – Acupuncture entails stimulating certain points on the body, usually with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions. The general theory is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease.
  • Cupping – In cupping a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including helping with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
  • Scraping – Scraping, or “Gua Sha”, uses pieces of smooth jade, bone, animal tusks, horns, or smooth stones to scrape along the skin to release obstruction and toxins that are trapped at the surface of the skin. The scraping is done until red spots then bruising cover the treatment area.
  • Tai chi – Tai chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves gentle, dance-like body movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. It has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety, a form of “meditation in motion.”
  • Qigong – Qigong encompasses physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced “chee” and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.

 

Is Chinese medicine safe?

Yes, most forms are considered safe. However, herbal medicines used in TCM are not exactly regulated like western medicine. Many of the herbal products are available online and marketed as dietary supplements. Some Chinese herbal products are safe, but others may not be. Therefore, it is vital to ensure you receive your Chinese herbal medicine from a certified Chinese medicine doctor or supplier.

 

 

How to Hire the Right Staff for Your Event

How to Hire the Right Staff for Your Event

So, you’re hosting an event? Congratulations! You’ve entered what is one of the most exciting, rewarding and equally frustrating industries imaginable. It’s so much fun, but without the correct due diligence it can be an absolute nightmare. Which is why it is so important to have the right crew around you to offer their support. The question is, how do you hire the right staff for your event? In this article, we’re going to focus on the benefits of temp event staff and why!

1 – Seek out a temp event staff recruitment agency

If you want to hire staff for your event, and you want them to be a top-class bunch, then you’ll need to find a specialise recruitment agency. Fortunately, there are dedicated agencies that recruit employees for events only, which is a very specialist niche. So, whether it’s an AV crew, MC’s to host the event, catering staff, a technical stage management crew, or someone to set up and decorate your stage: you’ll find everything you need under one agency.

2 – Employee a full-time crew for certain roles

Obviously, you’re not going to need a full-time crew if you’re hosting sporadic events that vary in staffing requirements. You might not always need bar staff because certain venues may only provide their own. There are so many factors at play, which is why you’ll want a close unit of full-time staff to assist you with the running of the business. But then the other smaller tasks that you would otherwise delegate, can be handled by temporary staff.

3 – Don’t be put off by the word “temporary”

To some people, temporary means “no good”. As though they can’t hold down a full-time job because they’re inexperienced and are constantly making mistakes. Well, stop your worrying! The reason why temp event staff agencies exist, is because the very nature of the business relies on being able to pick up certain talented individuals at a moment’s notice. It makes sense for many of these candidates to work on a temp basis. They get paid well and there’s always experiencing something new!

So, what you can actually expect, are a team of talented and experienced individuals who will—in most cases—be able to simply turn up and crack on with their duties without too much in the way of guidance from your end.

4 – You won’t need to hire or buy any gear

When hiring through a reputable agency (especially for specialist roles such as AV and stage setup), the teams will provide their own gear. This means that unless the venue that you are using has ample equipment to use, your hired temp staff will turn up fully equipped with everything that they need. Another benefit of this is the fact that it’s always state-of-the-art, given that this is something that they do on a daily basis.

5 – Shop around

You don’t need to rush this aspect of your event. Remember that there’s an awful lot to plan, so take your time and ensure that you are getting the right team to back you up. The best part about it is that once you’ve used an agency and they’ve proven their worth, you won’t need to look anywhere else ever again. So, take your time, do your due diligence, and your event will run as smooth as butter.

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