Traditional Chinese Medicine

The earliest record of traditional Chinese medicine being used dates back to more than two thousand years ago, before Jesus Christ was even born.

The Theory behind TCM

Traditional Chinese medicine can be hard for some people to understand, especially those from the West. The reason for this is that TCM is derived from a Daoist belief which states that everything in the universe is interconnected. Therefore, if something happens to one body part, then it affects all the other body parts. This means if something happens to the mind then it affects the body, and vice versa. There is no separation between the mind and body because they are all just pieces of the energetic system. The bodily organs are also all interconnected and help the body stay functional because they all work together.

The Meridians and QI Concepts

Most TCM concepts have no equivalent in Western medicine. Qi energy is a good example of this because the Chinese believe it is a vital energy source that is responsible for controlling all the bodily functions in people. They believe Qi energy flows through pathways within the body known as meridians. Chinese practitioners have declared there to be 20 different meridians in the body. There are 12 main meridians which are responsible for important organs and their functions. Aside from that, there are 8 other meridians that are considered to be secondary pathways. If there were to be an imbalance of Qi’s flow in these pathways, then the person will feel ill. If the imbalance is fixed, the person will feel better. There are other Chinese concepts about this, like the Five Element Theories and the Yin Yang Theory. These are just as important in Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments Include –

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