The history of Chinese Medicine goes back two to three thousand years. Chinese Medicine formed a distinctive method for diagnosing and curing illnesses. This form of medicine is very different from Western medicine. Chinese medicine focuses on preventative practices as well as treatment practices. Chinese medicine promotes the understanding of the body based on holistic understanding of the universe as is described in Daoism. Treatment is primarily based upon the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM approaches treatment and medical practice as zang-fu, the core of the human body being the organs. TCM believes that organs and tissue are connected by a network of channels and flood vessels inside the body. Qi or Chi acts as a carrier of information that is carried outside the body through the jingluo system.
Clinical diagnoses and treatments in TCM are founded on the yin-yang and five elements theories. TCM applies the phenomena and laws of nature in order to study the physiological activities and pathological changes in the body.
Acupuncture, qigong exercises and herbal medicine are some of the typical therapies practiced by TCM. Acupuncture treats by stimulating different areas of the external body. Qigong restores the orderly information flow inside the body by regulating Qi. Herbal medicine in TCM acts on the zang-fu organs inside the body.
The practice of this form of medicine and proven results have led to Western doctors to start learning more about traditional Chinese medicine and incorporate this form of medicine with traditional Western medicine.