Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an alternative medicine based on syndrome differentiation and a holistic concept. TCM has over 5000 years of history and still blossoming all over the world. TCM regards the viscera (Zang-Fu) as the core of the human body, all the tissues and organs through channels in the human body. Qi acts as an information carrier and is reflected through the meridian system. In TCM pathology, dysfunction of Zang-fu organs can reflect on the surface of the body through the meridian network. And the blockage of meridians can affect relevant viscera. The affected visceral organs may also be affected by internal connections. TCM treatment starts with the analysis of the whole system and then tries to readjust the functions of the viscera and correct the lesions.
Typical treatments of traditional Chinese medicine include acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and Qigong.
Acupuncture and moxibustion are based on the theory of meridians, which holds that Qi and Blood circulate through the body through a system called meridians, connecting internal organs to external organs or tissues. Using acupuncture or moxibustion to stimulate specific points on the meridians can adjust the flow of Qi and blood, thus curing the disease. These points of stimulation are called acupuncture points or acupoints.
Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by the manuscript “Recipes for 52 Ailments”, found in the Mawangdui which were sealed in 168 BC. Over 400 plants are used in Chinese herbal medicine and this includes commonly known herbs such as cinnamon, raspberry, and turmeric. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang, and it aims to balance and harmony the two. herbal medicine can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints.
Qigong through the adjustment of Qi, the body system to restore the orderly flow. Like the theory of Yin and Yang, the concept of Qi comes from ancient Chinese philosophy, which holds that everything is connected. In TCM, Qi is regarded as the essential material of the human body, and its movement can explain various life processes. Qi physiologically constitutes, supplements and nourishes the human body. Qi is often referred to as “essence” because it is believed to be the driving energy from the essence to ensure the various life processes.