Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a traditional medicine system built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Chinese massage (tui na), Chinese exercise therapy (qigong) and Chinese dietary therapy. TCM is widely used China where it has long been the standard system of medicine), and is becoming increasingly popular and recognised worldwide. In China ther are specific hospitals dedicated to TCM whereby patients can be admitted and received a combination of all of before mentioned within a hospital setting.
One of the basic tenets of TCM is that "the body's vital energy (Qi) circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions. Concepts of the body and of disease used in TCM reflect its ancient origins and its emphasis on dynamic processes over material structure, similar to European humoral theory.
While health is perceived as the harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis aims assess symptoms in order to diagnose a Pattern of Disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other things. Once the Pattern of Dishatrmony ids disgnosed, treatement principles are derived from this and a precruiption of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, tui na, Chinese exercise therapy (qigong) and Chinese dietary therapy can be made accordingly
Please consult a naturopath or your doctor before taking natural remedies if you are on medication or if symptoms persist.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.