Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine
      Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a history of about 2000 years. During the long period of development, TCM has formed a comprehensive system. Today, TCM is widely applied in China, although western medicine is dominant.
      TCM and pharmacology are based on the “yin” and “yang” theory and the theory of “the five elements” (metal, wood, water, fire, and earth). The former holds that everything has a “yin” and “yang” side, such as hot and cold or bright and dark, fast and slow, male and female, etc. Human body is a balance between “yin” and “yang”. The latter theory is about things in the universe, it believes that things are composed of the five elements of daily life, which move and change constantly to promote and restrain each other.
      TCM stresses holism. According to TCM, various parts of the human body are connected with each other and influence each other both pathologically and physiologically. As a result, diseases are dealt with in the context of a whole.
      In terms of diagnosis, there are four methods used in TCM: looking, listening, asking, and feeling. Looking is to observe the overall way he patient looks, as symptoms reflect through skin, face, and tongue, etc. Listening is to listen to the patient's voice and sound. Asking is to ask patient questions on the history of the disease, symptoms, and previous treatments. Feeling is to feel the patient's pulse.
      Traditionally, medicinal herbs are the main ingredients of prescriptions, and what patient actually takes is the decoction of the herbs. However, with the development of TCM, modern Chinese medicines are prepared in a variety of forms, such as pills, pellets, tablets, syrup, etc.
      TCM not only treats the symptoms, but also the causes of diseases. Meanwhile, the medicines bring about no or little side effects. Therefore, TCM draws more and more interest and attention worldwide.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
      Acupuncture and moxibustion are two different traditional methods used in Chinese Medicine, and they involve the theory of “channels” and “meridians” on the human body. Acupuncture treats diseases by puncturing acupoints of the body with different types of needles, while, moxibustion is to apply the heat produced by enkindled moxa. Moxa cone and cupping are the two common methods used in moxibustion. The locations where needles are inserted or where the heat is applied are known as acupoints. The whole body is made up of a network of acupoints. Acupuncture and moxibustion are often used together for fast results.