TCM at Home

Traditional Chinese Medicine, often abbreviated to TCM, has been in use for many hundreds of yours. Its use spread from its origins in China across the globe, and today is used by many people around the world to see positive health benefits. Taking a holistic approach to overall wellbeing, people use TCM to cure illnesses and prevent health problems. It can be used for both physical and mental ailments, and there are several elements from TCM that you can use by yourself at home for a healthier and more wholesome life.  

Keep Balanced Diet

It is important that you eat a balanced diet for optimal health; this is not only advocated in TCM, but in almost every form of medicine around the world. The food that you eat is your body’s fuel. It contains important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are vital for your overall state of wellbeing. If you eat the wrong kinds of foods, however, this can have a detrimental effect on your health. Try and avoid processed foods and ready meals, opting instead for home made fare made using fresh ingredients. Incorporate lots of fruit and vegetables into your diet, and, where possible, cook as many of these as you can. TCM states that raw products are harder for your digestive system to process. Cut down on the amount of sugar and salt in your diet, and avoid refined flours and products – try and eat wholegrain products with as much fibre as possible. Cut down of the amount of fatty and spicy food that you consume. You should also make sure that you are drinking enough of the right fluids; water and juices are best, whereas caffeine and alcohol should be limited.

Drink Tea

Tea has been used as a curative and beneficial drink for hundreds and thousands of years. There are four main types of tea; black, green, white, and oolong. Black tea has the highest caffeine content, followed by oolong tea. White tea is the purest form of tea. The natural chemicals found in tea, in particular flavenoids, have been found to be really good for health. Tea has antioxidant properties, and it is also widely believed to have anti-inflammatory properties too. To get the best effects from your tea you should use loose leaves or tea bags. A large range of herbal teas, prepared especially for health benefits, are also widely available on the market and can be drunk anytime at home. 

Do Excercises

Exercise is something that many people do not do enough of, and TCM states that motion and activity is essential for proper health. Try and incorporate some exercise into your daily routine. This can be at home, work, the gym, or even something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking to places (if they are close enough) rather than driving.  Exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on both physical and mental wellbeing. 

Herbal Therapy

There are lots of different herbs that are used in TCM that can be taken at home. Some will be used when you have a particular complaint or are feeling a bit under the weather, whereas others can be used on a regular basis for preventative effects. Some common herbs used in TCM include cinnamon, ginger, hawthorn berries, ginseng, and goji berries. For complete ease and convenience you can buy capsules containing several pre-mixed herbs; use these as a regular supplement for maximum benefits. 

Aromatherapy 

Aromatherapy is really easy to practice at home as long as you have the right scents and oils; these can be obtained relatively inexpensively from many health product outlets. You can burn the oils in an oil burner to fill your rooms with soothing smells, which in turn are great for your health. You could also massage the oils into pressure points on your body – make sure that yuou read any instructions first to prevent irritation, as many oils should be diluted before being applied to the body. Make using essential oils part of your everyday routine. Tiger Balm is particularly effective when rubbed into painful parts of the body. Some common plants that are used to create oils for aromatherapy include lavender, lemon, lime, and rosemary. Tea tree oil is also widely used.

Chinese health balls can be used in many different places to alleviate stress and promote wellbeing.  They have been used for a very long time, and they work by stimulating pressure points in the hands. This then improves circulation and energy flow around the body as a whole. The beneficial energy known as qi is able to flow more freely around the different parts of your body, keeping you fit, strong, and healthy. The balls create soothing sounds, with one creating a low sound and the other creating a sound with a higher pitch – this represents the balance of Yin and Yang, which is so essential in life. 

These are just a few easy things that you can do at home, at work, or any place at any time to incorporate TCM into your daily routines and life in general for a greater sense of wellbeing.

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