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An Introduction To Traditional Chinese Medicine
The holistic approach for personalized health care using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has rapidly grown since the 2019 pandemic. There are many questions to be asked in regards to TCM, so, here are a few answers for beginners who are interested in seeking TCM treatments for personal health care improvement.
What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is focused on the balance of yin-yang in the mind and body as a whole person, as well as for maintaining and improving health. Its forms include herbal medicine, acupuncture, tuina massage, cupping, medical qigong, taiji, and nutrition. TCM treats acute and chronic diseases by addressing the underlying causes and as well as the symptoms. The earliest record show that TCM has been practiced for 2,500 years in China. It is the oldest and the longest-standing health care system in human history.
What is the Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine?
5,000 years ago, Chinese ancestors accumulated medical knowledge from nature-based Yin-Yang Theory called the “Law of the Universe”. They discovered, developed, and learned astrology that contains two main components which are: The Cycle Time of Nature (天文历法), and The Orbiting of Five Elements with Six Flowing-Qi（五运六气. The following of the Cycle of Time, along with the flowing of life force Qi (气) brings growth and decline. It can be smooth or be distracted or determinate, therefore it gives well-being, disease, or end of life. In this view, the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes maintaining the harmony of nature and man as a whole (天人合一), infinitely (aka. Taiji太极).
What Is Acupuncture Treatment?
It is a technique that stimulates the points on the body with acupuncture needles to raise the flow of Qi, and therefore rebalancing the Yin-Yang that brings harmony to the mind and body. It has been approved clinically and can treat many conditions that include people who want to maintain wellbeing in general, or have pain conditions. Especially for those who have tried medications or surgeries that did not work well, acupuncture may be the right health care choice. Acupuncture treatment has been a form of primary care for years, and most insurance plans cover it. Additionally, you do not need a referral for acupuncture treatment, but talking to your healthcare provider before seeking new treatments is always recommended.
What Conditions Does Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treat?
- Pain conditions, low back pain, neck pain, which includes cancer patients who need pain management during the process of chemotherapy etc.
- Neurological dysfunction
- Women’s health
- Weight loss
- Maintenance of wellbeing/prevention in general
What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture provides drug-free, noninvasive, and natural healing procedures. It is effective, affordable, and accessible. It treats the underlying cause of disease/illness as well as the symptoms.