Traditional Chinese Medicine
A Wonderful Gift
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an alternative medicine that refers to a broad range of medicine practices that share common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China for thousands of years. Although the first recorded history of TCM dated back over 2,000 years, it is believed that the origins of TCM went back more than 5,000 years. TCM includes various forms of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Cupping, GuaSha, Moxibustion, Tuina Massage, Qigong, and Dietary Therapy.
What is Qi?
The core of TCM is the philosophy that Qi, or life energy, flows throughout the body. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and the balance of Qi.
TCM revolves around the idea of a constant state of change, explained through the theory of Yin and Yang. Everything in nature can be expressed as the opposition of Yin and Yang. This is the energizing force of all aspects of nature. It is dynamic and the basic foundation for change in nature. Water and fire are the two basic symbols of Yin and Yang in nature. Those with the basic property of fire are yang: heat, upward, brightness, movement, while those with the basic property of water are Yin: coldness, downward, darkness, stillness.
Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridian pathways throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers. Where a river flows, it transports water that nourishes the land, plants, and people. In the same way, meridian pathways transport Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle.
When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental, and emotional well-being. An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body is like a dam, backing up the flow in one area and causing blockage or imbalance of Qi.
When this imbalance of Qi occurs, and the disruption to Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in weakened state, then illness, pain, or disease can set in.