Traditional Chinese medicine has been tested and perfected for thousands of years and has evolved to offer practical solutions in the modern world. TCM specialists rely on herbal remedies as well as mind and body techniques including tai chi and acupuncture to promote wholesome health.
In the western world, traditional Chinese medicine has slowly taken root but mostly to complement western medicine. The combination of the two has proven to be very effective especially with the inclusion of ancient TCM techniques that were developed long before western medicine was created.
Modern application of traditional Chinese medicine
One of the most practical mind and body TCM techniques commonly used in modern facilities is acupuncture. This entails insertion of needles to manipulate strategic acupuncture points in the superficial skin, subcutaneous tissue as well as specific muscles.
In reference to the human anatomy, there are over 2000 acupuncture points directly linked to 12 meridians. The meridians are responsible for conducting energy, alternatively known as Qi, from the body’s surface to the internal organs. Achieving a steady flow of Qi in the entire body creates a balance between Ying and yang resulting in optimal health.
This is a form of traditional Chinese medicine massage technique that entails positioning cups on the body. The special cups are first warmed to get rid of oxygen inside and instantly placed on the skin. In a short while, the interior of the cup cools down generating low pressure or a vacuum which makes the cup stick.
This technique targets the fleshy parts of the body mostly the stomach or the back. Scraping, on the other hand, is a Chinese folk medicine technique that utilizes smooth pieces of bone, jade, horn, stones or animal tusks to get rid of toxins as well as obstructions embedded on the skin surface.
This is based on utilizing the mugwort root (moxa) Derived from Artimesia vulgaris herb to conduct healing therapy. The root is first burnt to produce a copious amount of smoke which warms the blood hence inducing a steady flow of Qi in the body. Moxibustion is very effective in strengthening kidneys and also comes in handy in the treatment of menstrual pain.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Based on the condition demanding treatment, TCM specialists seek certain elements from different parts of specific plants such as the flowers, seeds, leaves, stem or even the roots. Common herbs used include ginger, rhubarb, the bark of cinnamon, ginseng and many others.
Tui Na Massage
This therapy involves complex bodywork combining massage, body manipulation, and acupressure. In a typical session, it all begins in a sitting position when fully clothed. The Tui Na specialist engages you with a couple of questions before commencing treatment.
The massage phase is often vigorous and incorporates heat, ointments and herbal compresses to make it more effective. Tui Na effectively relieves musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain.
Guiding Principles of Traditional Chinese medicine
1. The human body is comprised of multiple structures that are integrated into a wholesome system. The physical aspects of the body combine with the abstract aspects such as emotions, spirit, and mind to form a complex and interdependent living system.
2. According to the science of TCM, the body gives out signs on its prevailing health condition and hence this form of medicine strives to interpret the signs in order to prevent further complications.
3. As part of nature, human beings are absolutely connected and influenced by any changes in their direct environment. TCM, therefore, works around factors such as geographical location, seasons, age, time and genetics to promote robust health.
4. The human body is born with self-sufficient coping mechanisms to naturally induce the healing process when your health is at risk.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has rightfully earned its place in the modern world and continues to offer safe and practical solutions the natural way.