Traditional Chinese medicine relies heavily on opposites such as yin and yang, yin and yang are found in everything, examples of this are earth and heaven, winter and summer and happiness and sadness. The Practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine firmly believes that every one of us has what is called a life force or body of energy which is called “Qi”.
Our Qi can become affected by our daily lives and when there is a disruption to this vital energy then illness and problems occur. The ultimate goal to Chinese medicine is to achieve total harmony and balance within the body and mind and this is achieved by balancing the Qi.
When did Chinese medicine begin?
The first evidence of traditional Chinese medicine dates back to 200 B.C.E where herbal medicine and the practice of acupuncture were recorded, theory, practice, diagnosis and treatment using forms of traditional Chinese medicine have all been recorded and have been refined over centuries to the traditional Chinese medicine which we know today.
Chinese immigrants to the United States began practicing Chinese medicine in the mid 19th century but it wasn’t widely used and recognised until 1971. It was during this year that a reporter for a New York newspaper was visiting China and fell ill, it was found that he had to have an emergency operation to remove his appendix.
After the operation he had acupuncture as a way to help him deal with the pain, he was so took up by the experience that he promoted the use of it widely. Since this time, traditional Chinese medicine has become known throughout the world and has increased in popularity over the years as a form of alternative form of medicine.
What does traditional Chinese medicine involve?
There are many therapeutic modules to traditional Chinese medicine with many of them relying on the bodies own healing mechanism. Some of the practices of traditional Chinese medicine are:
* Acupuncture and acupressure.
* Moxibustion, which require herbs being burnt on the skin.
* Herbal remedies.
* Nutritional balance.
* Tui na which is Chinese massage.
* Tai-chi and Qi-gong.
Some of the forms listed above are often used in conjunction with each for example you can have acupuncture alongside taking herbal remedies for a problem. Most aspects of traditional Chinese medicine can be safely used on people of all ages as the herbal remedies are made from plants or herbs and as such have very little side effects when compared with traditional drugs.