Traditional Chinese Medicine

| February 3, 2010 | 3 Comments | 1,205 views

Complementary medicine and 'natural therapies' have their origins in the civilisations of Babylon, Egypt and China, of about 3,000 years ago. The Chinese developed a system of medicine based on an extraordinarily detailed knowledge of herbal remedies, combined with acupuncture. TCM is practised through an holistic approach and focuses on the unity of the human body with its environment. The TCM picture of the human body presents a construction of 'energetic functions', as opposed to the traditional Western view of the body based on structure (anatomy) and function (physiology), with the various parts operating together as systems in a mechanical manner. TCM suggests that about 365 acupuncture points are present on the human body, arranged in lines or channels (meridians)-there are 12 main meridians along which energy or 'Qi' flows in a coherent and ordered manner. If the flow is interrupted for any reason, then ill health can occur. It is thought by some that acupuncture is preventive medicine, enabling them to maintain and improve their level of health, perhaps even enhancing an individual's resistance to infections. In illness, acupuncture seeks to stimulate the appropriate 'point' along the affected channel, permitting the energy to become balanced and to flow freely once more. Diagnosis is based on close examination of the patient's tongue and pulse, with careful questioning to explore the signs and symptoms of the diseases. Treatments are based on the evaluation of the diagnosis to rebalance the Yin and Yang deficiency or excess in the body (ie, the negative and positive polarisations of Qi).


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