By: Hua Li
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves the use of Chinese
Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Qi gong (Chi Kung), Tuina (Chinese massage), and
a medicated diet, and is one of the world's most ancient medical systems, with
its own principles, diagnostic methods and therapies. It has become very popular
in the west.
Meridians and Collaterals
Traditional Chinese Medicine views the meridians and collaterals networks using Zang-Fu, which categorizes tissues and organs in an organic whole. Each Zang and Fu organ transports Qi and blood, and regulates Yin and Yang, maintaining the functions and activities of all parts of the body. This system guides the diagnosis, treatment and application of all the branch subjects of TCM.
Yin and Yang
Traditional Chinese Medicine also holds as its central belief that health in all parts of body is due to the relationship between Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang theory is the general principle used to classify in TCM's holistic approach to health and disease, and also offers a clinical guide to preventing and curing disease.
TCM's diagnosis depends merely on the doctor's sense organs to acquire clinical data. It mainly consists of the four techniques of diagnosis, namely: interrogation, inspection, auscultation (listening) and olfaction (smelling), pulse feeling and palpation.
TCM has three basic components: Chinese herbal therapy, Acupuncture and Tuina (Chinese massage) therapy, and Diet therapy.
Chinese herbal therapy
This is based on the principle that good health depends on achieving optimum vitality and balance - a balance described in terms of the polarity of Yin and Yang.
Chinese herbs come from nature, and include flowers, stems, leaves, roots and barks. Each herb has its own specific characteristics. Their different characteristics are employed to treat disease, rectify the hyperactivity or hypo activity of Yin or Yang, and help the body restore its normal physiological functions - consequently, curing the disease and restoring health.
Chinese herbal administration (herbal dosages and powder forms) usually depends on your condition, your constitution and age. It should be larger for serious emergencies and stubborn problems with a young and strong patient, smaller for mild problems, and with the aged, the frail, and with children and pregnant women.
The doctor will carefully select different herbal dosages or powder forms to treat you as your treatment starts, and closely monitor your progress through regular consultations. As your condition change, the treatment will be altered accordingly.
Acupuncture and Tuina therapy
These are two practical therapies in Traditional Chinese Medicine. They are to regulate the meridians or channels of the body, to unblock the stagnation of Qi and blood, and balance Yin and Yang, maintaining their function, via the extraordinary points, scalp points, auricular points, and other special points by needle (in the case of Acupuncture) or by the fingers, hands and limbs of the Tuina therapist.
When using Tuina for infant and prenatal care, some special points exist besides the acupoints on the 14 meridians and extra-points. Manipulation using pushing, kneading, rubbing is mostly used. measuring the waistline
Each food (vegetable, fruit, meal, nut, etc.) has its own specific characteristics. We can guide you to the best foods to treat your condition, in accordance with the actual condition of disease, the characters and functions of the foods, and therapeutic requirements found through the doctor's consultation.
Moxibustion, Cupping therapy, Ear authority, Electrolysis, Electrotherapy (without needle) are often used. All of them work by same principles of acupuncture therapy.
What does Chinese Medicine treat?
TCM treats your mind and body as a whole, not just the condition. Using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a very wide variety of conditions, and any age can be helped, including:
1.Common Internal Diseases
Anaemia, Asthma, Arthritis, Cerebral Thrombosis, Cold, Colitis, Constipation, Constipation, Cholecystitis, Coronary Heart Disease, Digestive Ulcers, Diabetes, Diarrhoea, Oedema, Flu, Gout, Headaches, Hypertension, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Hay fever, Irritable bowel syndrome, Malabsorption, Nephritis, Neurosis, Neurasthenia, Thyroid, Pneumonia, Pancreatitis, etc.
Pre-menstrual syndrome, Painful periods, Menopausal syndromes, endometriosis, Sterility, Morning sick, Pelvic Inflammation, etc.
Ejaculation Praecox, Hypertrophy, Low Steam Court, Impotence, Prostitutes, Sex Drive Problems.
Herpes Zoster, Contact Dermatitis, Eczema, Urticaria, Neurodermatitis, Psoriasis, Acne Vulgaris, Alopecia Areata, Resaca, etc.
5.Muscular, neurological, skeletal and vascular problems
Arthritis, Back Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Gonitis, Hemiplegia, Lumbago (lower back pain), Neuralgia, Omalgia, Sciatica, Stiff Neck Stroke, Sprain, Sports Injury, Tennis Elbow, Trigeminal, Tendon Injury, etc.
6.Mental and Emotional Problems
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Panic Attack, Insomnia, Palpitation, etc.
7.Ear, Nose, Throat and Ophthalmic Problems
Conjunctivitis, Optic Neuritis, Myopia, Obits Media, Sore Throat, Hay Fever, Halitosis, Pharyngitis, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, etc.
Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Gastric Cancer, etc.
About the Author:
Dr Lihua Li is fully qualified, trained in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. She has a traditional Chinese medicine clinic in London UK.. Services range from Chinese acupuncture to tanning salon