Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a recorded history dating back over 2,000 years.
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The Classics of Internal Medicine or (Huang Di Nei Jing) is the oldest medical book in China, and contains the framework upon which TCM is based. This art has been continuously refined through the clinical experiences of some 200 generations of practitioners. Today, there are many hospitals in China that practice Traditional Chinese Medicine exclusively, and others that combine Eastern and Western healing methods. Scientific research, conducted in China, Japan, Australia, Europe and North America, is providing further verification of the effectiveness of TCM therapies. The World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations, acknowledges the ability of Traditional Chinese Medicine to facilitate healing in many diseases.
Diagnosis and Traditional Chinese Medicine
When making a diagnosis, doctors of TCM are concerned with the whole person. They focus on physical and psychological characteristics as key indicators of health and disease. Included in this procedure are tongue and pulse diagnoses, coupled with a detailed history of signs and symptoms. From this, the physician pieces together a pattern of disharmony which is used to formulate a diagnosis and tailor a treatment specifically to the individual. TCM not only alleviates symptoms, but also directs its attention to treating the underlying causes of disease - thus returning the body, mind and spirit to a balanced state.
The Four Main Disciplines of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Although the general public has categorized acupuncture as being synonymous with Chinese medicine, it is but one branch within the scope of TCM. The four main disciplines are:
- Acupuncture and Moxibustion
- Herbology,Tui Na (massage and manipulation)
- Diet Therapy
- Therapeutic exercises like Tai Ji and Qi Gong
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