Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a recorded history of over 3000 years. TCM includes - acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Chinese diet therapy, tuina (Chinese massage) and qigong (for more detail on these go to Modalities under Services).

Chinese medical diagnosis involves asking questions about general health as well as observation of the tongue and feeling the pulse. All symptoms provide a context for seeing each person as a whole which gives us direction in ascertaining where imbalances need adjustment. TCM is not only a medical system but a way of life and traditionally was used as a preventative against illness and imbalance hence why it has disseminated through all levels of the Chinese culture being revealed in their cooking (using herbs and balancing the properties of foods in a dish) and way of life (daily practice of tai chi, qi gong, martial arts etc).

Common terms used in TCM

  • Qi - is often translated as energy, energy flow or life force however it is much more complex and in TCM there are many types of qi with different qualities and functions. Zhen qi is the qi that flows through the meridians and organs and wei qi is the qi that is responsible for immunity for example.
  • Yin - is the feminine aspect in the taoist philosophy of duality. In terms of the body yin involves the cooling, moisturizing aspect including the blood, fluids and jing (go to Enhancing Fertility and Promoting Longevity - Jing in the Ana-Med Articles section for more information on jing.
  • Yang - is the masculine part of taoist duality and in the body it includes the warming (yang), moving (qi) aspects such as the movement of the the blood and fluids around the body (metabolism and immunity problems are often related to the yang and qi).

For more on Yin/Yang and Qi click on the links.

 

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