What is Traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the world’s oldest complete medical systems still practiced today. It is used to diagnose and prevent numerous diseases as well as treat their underlying cause(s).

Traditional Chinese medicine includes not only therapeutic procedures such as Acupuncture, Cupping, Tui na and moxibustion, but also numerous preventative and lifestyle treatments such as Qi Gong and Wushu (forms of exercise) and dietary therapy.

The theory of Traditional medicine is based on the principles of Taoism-(”Tao” meaning the “path” or the “way”). Some of the common Taoist principles include the concepts of Yin and Yang, five elements, interconnectedness of man with nature and the universe, and a cyclical flow of time.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced in China for over twenty-three centuries with its first educational institutions being established in 443 A.D.

Various forms of diagnoses are utilized in TCM with two of such important considerations being the radial pulse and tongue diagnosis. Besides identifying the nature of illness through pulse and tongue diagnosis, practitioners of TCM also believe that emotions play an integral role in one’s health and well being.

For example in a healthy individual, emotions are normal physiological responses to the external factors. It is only when there is an excess of a certain emotion felt for a prolonged period of time, it can impair one's health and lead to an ailment.

How does Acupuncture work?

During a typical treatment, disposable needles are inserted into various pressure points of the body, which, similar to beads on a string, connect together by a common thread or channel. The vital energy (also known as Qi”) travels along each channel into a specific organ and then concentrates at each pressure point. A disease is simply an imbalance of this energy and its flow along the channel.

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine:

Throughout the history, humans have used plants and herbs to ward off disease and to benefit their well being. In China, medicinal plants, animals and minerals have been utilized to achieve tonifying, reducing, moistening, drying, balancing or astringing effect. Available in various forms, including patented commercial pills, teas and liquid extracts, Chinese herbal formulations help the body regain strength and balance.

The ancient Chinese were able to pass down their wisdom continuously over millennia. And today, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes Acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of at least 28 medical conditions, and nearly 100 more conditions were reported to have therapeutic benefits from acupuncture. There is new research continuously emerging in the field of acupuncture and TCM.

 

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