Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical and philosophical system, based in Taoist principles of harmony and balance, of Yin and Yang. It originated in China over 3000 years ago and was first recorded as a body of written insights, methods and remedies in the 2nd century BC.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views and treats the human body as an orchestrated network of interconnected organ and meridian systems that continually affect each other through imbalances of yin and yang. Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses a wide range of factors – environmental, emotional/mental, diet, exercise, lifestyle and more – that may be impacting a patient’s health and well-being. Its healing tools and methods include acupuncture, stimulating the meridians (the energy network of the body), herbal and nutritional therapy, infrared heat, massage, cupping, magnetic therapy, meditation, breathing exercises, qi gong, exercise and diet.
Using traditional diagnostic methods, a master practitioner can detect imbalances, excesses and deficiencies within the yin and yang, in the different organ systems or meridians of the body. These diagnostic tools include; questions or questionnaires, feeling/reading the pulses, shallow and deep palpation of various parts of and acupuncture points on the body; examining the tongue, eyes, skin color and tone, physical posture and movements; smelling the body and breath; listening to the quality and tone of the voice, and to the patient’s history.
This ancient system of medicine has withstood the test of time. Its traditional protocols have proven effective in treating a wide range of modern physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual ailments. It’s the only form of indigenous medicine practiced alongside modern Western medicine in hospitals in America and around the world.