Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest holistic systems of healing in the world. It is based on classical Chinese medical theory and has been in use over the last two thousand years.
TCM is based on diagnosing and treating the root cause of any condition or disease, as well as alleviating the symptoms. As no two patients are alike, neither is their treatment. The main methods used by Traditional Chinese Medicine to prevent or treat disease, maintain the body’s energy levels and regulate vital organs are:
The following methods supplement the main clinical diagnosis and treatment in Chinese Medicine revolves around the following principles:
Four Techniques of Diagnosis:
- Asking: medical history, specifics of the pain or problem:
- Inspection: examining the tongue, facial and eye colour, emotional state
- Smell and Hearing: body and mouth odour, breath, noise from chest
- Touch: pulse diagnosis and palpation (pressing body to understand location and severity of problem)
Theory of Yin and Yang: Yin and Yang symbolise harmony and balance. TCM believes all disease is caused by an imbalance of Yin and Yang. All treatment is focused on restoring balance by treating the root cause of the problem.
Qi: The free flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body is essential for good health. It regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. Whenever there is a blockage of Qi, injury or disease exists.
Five Element Theory: Five Element Theory is used to interpret the relationship between the human body, and the five elements of the natural environment: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
Published by Dr. Lily