- TCM Guide
- Acne and TCM
- Alcohol and TCM
- Cancer and TCM
- Causes of Diseases According to TCM
- Cellulite and TCM
- Cerebral Palsy And TCM
- Chinese Food Therapy
- Chinese Herbs
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and TCM
- Common Problems TCM Can Help With
- Diabetes and TCM
- Eight Principles in TCM
- Five Elements
- Flue and TCM
- Food Energies
- Gua Sha
- Headache And TCM
- Hemorrhoid and TCM
- Herbal Therapy
- How to Become a TCM Practitioner
- How to Know if Traditional Chinese Medicine is Right For You
- Insomnia and TCM
- Learning to Use Meditation in TCM
- Medicinal Mushrooms in TCM
- Menopause and TCM
- Physical Therapy and TCM
- Seven Emotions in Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Stop Smoking
- Tai Chi Chuan
- TCM and Addictions
- TCM and Life Balance
- TCM and Other Traditional Medicines
- TCM Beauty Tips
- TCM for Sports Injuries
- TCM Glossary
- TCM Naysayers
- TCM Practitioner Qualifications
- TCM Secrets to Prolong Your Life
- Top Reasons To Have Sex According To TCM
- Traditional Chinese Medicine and Feng Sui
- Tui na
- Vacuum therapy and TCM
- Varicose Veins and TCM
- Vital Role of Tea in TCM
- Weight Loss and TCM
- What Does TCM Feel Like?
- What is Chi?
- Women Health
- Yin and Yang
- Zang-Fu Theory
- TCM Directory
Acupuncture began in China more than 5 centuries ago and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The basic concept behind acupuncture and other practices in TCM is that the body is made up of interconnected systems which must all be in harmony together to achieve good health and wellbeing. Acupuncture, in particular, seeks to restore the balance in the flow of energy known as "qi" or "chi" within the body. To do this, needles are inserted into specific points along the body’s energy lines called meridians.
A-shi Point. This is an acupuncture point that is not based on the meridians of the qi but according to the location or site of the symptom. This is also called a “reflexing point” and mostly used for pain syndromes.Acupoint Injection. Or “water needling”, this is a procedure that involves introduction of a herbal solution directly into an acupuncture point. This is injected with the use of the needle.
Traditional Chinese Medicine considers acne as a skin condition that is mainly associated with the pathogenic effects of Heat on the Fundamental Substances, the meridians and the Zang Fu organs. Excessive heat may result from improper diet, stress, fatigue, genetic condition or a natural increase of Yang energy that is typical in puberty.
In Western medicine, being overweight is viewed as a result of overeating and inadequate exercise. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these two factors are also considered but, in addition to them, a person’s bodily constitution and mental condition are regarded as contributing factors to obesity.
In Western medicine, depression is a symptom that there is an abnormal chemistry in the brain so physicians prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to correct the brain’s chemistry and create a sense of normalcy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, however, depression is not viewed as a mental problem per se but more of a problem in the chest area.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, also referred to as TCM, has a history dating back 3000 years. While the TCM approach for diagnosing and treating illness is considered a standard method of treatment in Asian countries, in western culture it is typically classified as alternative medicine.
Moxibustion is a technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine wherein moxa wool (from mugwort herb) is burned and used to promote healing and good health by reinvigorating the blood and stimulating the flow of vital energy or Qi. The herb mugwort has long been used in folk medicine. It is known as an emmenagogue herb, which stimulates menstrual flow.
Gua Sha is an ancient therapy practiced in traditional Chinese medicine that is used to relieve the stagnation of blood that obstructs surface tissues and inhibits organ function. The meaning of the Chinese character “Gua” is to rub or to scrape while the second character “Sha” means a reddish and raised area of skin. Literally in Chinese "Gua Sha" means "to scrape away fever".
We could not find the page you are looking for. Why not search our TCM directory instead?
The diagnosis process in Traditional Chinese Medicine is not just about the simple grouping of the displayed symptoms. It is also about the treatment strategy that automatically accompanies the diagnosis since there are standard formulas for the symptom patterns.