Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is an incredibly fascinating subject, it is based on common sense practical theory and is largely a preventative medicine that has stood the test of time… though  for people in the West Chinese medicine is often cloaked in mystery and mythology and has suffered badly from over hyped claims of its effectiveness

This has on occasion led to unrealistic expectations from people desperate for a cure or quick fix to their own entrenched health problems, we as patients often fail to take into account that Chinese Medicine  is largely a practical holistic form of natural health care that requires time to be effective and to re-establish a balance in your bodies systems,  plus long term active participation by the patient is needed to gain full benefit from each form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine is not a quick fix, it is a slow but steady process of energy adjustment.

Some of the most commonly recognized areas of traditional Chinese Medicine include… Tui Na Massage, Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture or Cupping (acupuncture dates back to the Shang Dynasty) Aromatherapy Incense and Food Therapy.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

All of these practices tie into a single common model for ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine, and that model is the natural balancing your bodies systems which includes balancing the energies of Yin and Yang so they work in harmony. When your bodies systems are in balance you have a far greater resistance or immunity to disease and illness.  This concept is also known through other names, such as Qigong and taijiquan or the “Five Elements”.

However, all of these terms define the same common law of balanced living.

Traditional Chinese Medicine was only very recently documented into a universal system; this  occurred just 70 years ago under the direct jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China.

Ancient Chinese Medicine

This form of ancient Chinese medicine provides a name and purpose for every organ of the human body, as well as channels or meridians  along which the energies flow and nourish our internal organs, when this flow of energy is disrupted or blocked we become tired and sick. Every aspect to traditional Chinese medicine is centered upon the balance of these energies in the body and how to retain them or re-establish them when balance is lost. It is said that imbalance of either the Yin or Yang energies are revealed directly through the type of  illnesses in the body and how it is affecting specific organs

Curing these illnesses is accomplished by way of thorough assessment and diagnosis by a certified practitioner. This process involves the practitioner and patient discussing all perceived health issues. Once the practitioner has pinpointed the source of an individual’s problem (which can be anything like acne, a minor headache, cancer or even mental disorder), then the patient can move forward to the process of treating their condition.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In China, traditional medicine has been in practice for thousands of years. In fact, the Chinese consider it to be more than just offering a cure for illness. Ancient Chinese medicine is regarded as a way of life, a form of balanced healthy living.

Traditional Chinese medicine offers its own holistic solutions in all areas of life, including aspects to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. At its core, traditional Chinese medicine is made up of various cultural and philosophical beliefs that mostly abstain from scientific measure or models.

In some cases this has lead to credibility problems among western doctors who due to their upbringing and training expect every treatment to be scientifically proven and measured in an explainable way. they make no allowances for the fact it s not always possible or necessary to measure every result… if the positive results have been proven over time…

On a recent trip to China I consulted with a Chinese Doctor regarding a recurring neck problem, after showing me what I had to do to improve and eventually cure the problem … His parting words of wisdom were ” there are three simple key ingredients for good health”

  1. Good Sleep, sleep on your side with the lower leg straight and upper leg pulled up towards your chest, this ensures your spin is supported and allows your muscles to totally relax as you sleep.
  2. Good Diet, a low protein diet is best.
  3. Exercise, Tai Chi or Yoga they both improve posture plus  muscle and breath fitness

Sounds so simple and realistic it is almost certain to work… Putting sound advice like his into practice in the busy world we live in is often is our number one handicap to maintaining good health!

So instead of taking responsibly for our own decisions and health care many of us  go in search of unrealistic  quick fixes in the form of pharmaceuticals, which often create more problems, It should be noted that Chinese medicine takes time to work and for some it entails a dramatic change of lifestyle and diet, but once in place Chinese medicine is a reliable and well researched form preventative health care.

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