Chinese Medicine (TCM)
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Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Western and Chinese medicine differ in the way an illness or disease
is viewed. While Western medicine tends to treat the effects of
the illness or disease, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) emphazizes
on uncovering and treating the root or roots of each problem.
treatment is more holistic. It is about balancing the body's
system (Ying/Yang) and increasing it's immunity to fight against
diseases. TCM believes that when a person falls ill, then his
Ying or Yang elements are not in balance and the TCM practioner
will prescribe the neccessary medication or treatment to restore
the Ying Yang
aspects of TCM
Unlike Western medicine which relies on a host of equipments
and machineries to help the doctor in diagnosis and treatment,
relies simply mostly on the practitioners' skills, experience
and power of observation to detect and treat health problems.
The first aspect of TCM is observation. By looking at a patient's
complexion, posture, appearance and movement, the TCM practioner
is able to guage from first impression if a person is healthy
or make initial diagnosis of his problem.
A TCM practitioner can also diagnose from the smell of
a sick person's breath or by listening to the sound of
or his cough.
Internal problems are often manifested through external
symptoms and the practioner will seek the right treatment based on
The TCM physician will also ask the patient a series
of questions including their area of discomfort, diet,
bowel movement, sleep
a series of questions and answers, he will be able to further
narrow down the patients problem.
Lastly, the patient's pulse is read, his tougue,
throat and eyes are examined to arrive at a full
is able to diagnose a number of problems just by
feeling the pulse, a skill commonly known as 'ba
mai' in Chinese.
checking the tongue or eye, he/she reinforces his intial diagnosis
that he has earlier arrived at through his observation, smell, hearing
Once a diagnosis has been arrived at, the patient
is treated with one or more of treatments including
or herbal prescriptions. These are the more
common treatment methods and these treatment methods are natural,
holistic and non invasive.
Chinese medicine, many discomfort are believed to be due to energy
channels or meridian
points in the
misaligned. Accupuncture, massage, ba-qua
(heat treatment) will unblock or re-direct these clogged or
misaligned channel by stimulating
appropriate meridians of the body.
other illnesses such as kidney, diabetes or liver problems, medications
may be recommended. Medication in TCM are usually herbal
remedies derived from conconctions based
on TCM books that went back to hundreds
of years. Medication is also prescribed
to balance the Ying/Yang elements or to boost one's immunity
olden days, herbal prescriptions are brewed with different kind
of herbs for
to get a liquid
It is not
uncommon to find such herbs being dried,
packed, weighed and distributed in traditional
medical shops if you visit villages in China.
Chinese Medicinal shops.
Today, most of these herbal conconctions are reproduced in modern,
clean pharmaceutical factories and being sold and consumed in familiar
pills and syprups such as those found in Western medication. These
can be found in both traditional Chinese medical shops and pharmacies
located throughout China.
TCM is enjoying a strong revival within China as well as gaining popularity with
world. Among the various fields of alternative medicine, traditional Chinese
such as Tui-Na (Massage), acupuncture and TCM are highly sought after as they
have proven to be simple yet effective.
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