Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 4,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, injection therapy, acupuncture, massage (Tui na),exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.
The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage, as well as in concepts like yin-yang and the five phases. Starting in the 1950s, these precepts were modernized in the People’s Republic of China so as to integrate many anatomical and pathological notions with scientific medicine.
TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.). While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis consists in tracing symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, mainly by palpating the pulse and inspecting the tongue.
Chinese medicine (Chinese medicine) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. Chinese medicine practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, and other methods to treat a wide range of conditions.
In South Africa, the Medical Control Council has regulated the use of Chinese Medicine.
Strict standards have been maintained, and in most cases there is a, NAPPI code assigned to each product in order that the patient can claim from their Medical Insurance.
Different types of treatments
Herbal remedies and acupuncture are the treatments most commonly used by Chinese medicine practitioners. Other Chinese medicine practices include moxibustion, cupping, massage, mind-body therapy, and dietary therapy.
The Chinese medicine view of how the human body works, what causes illness, and how to treat illness is different from Western medicine concepts. Acupuncture has the largest body of evidence and is considered safe if practiced correctly.
Chinese medicine emphasizes individualized treatment. Practitioners traditionally used four methods to evaluate a patient’s condition: observing (especially the tongue), hearing/smelling, asking/interviewing, and touching/palpating (especially the pulse).
Chinese herbal medicine. The Chinese materia medica (a pharmacological reference book used by Chinese medicine practitioners) contains hundreds of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products—classified by their perceived action in the body. Different parts of plants such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds are used. Usually, herbs are combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders.
Acupuncture. By stimulating specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin metal needles through the skin, practitioners seek to remove blockages in the flow of qi.
Why do I need it?
A Whole Person Approach
Founded on a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) applies this knowledge to our physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual state of being. Every aspect of a person — body, mind, heart and spirit — is seen as an essential part of the whole, rather than disconnected pieces to be treated separately.
TCM’s emphasis on treating root causes of illness or imbalance, along with the individual symptoms, is the primary path to ensure long-term health. In this way, TCM aims to treat the whole person rather than just the disease and is truly holistic.
Traditional Chinese Medicine will treat both the root (cause) and the branch (symptom) to bring a state of balance and a feeling of wellness, peace and harmony in the body. When the body is in balance you will sleep well, feel well, digest food well and have enough energy to get through your day without stimulants.