An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (中醫)

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Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a branch of medicine that involves a combination of traditional healing methods utilized by ancient Chinese practitioners and modern understanding of health and illness. This system dates back over 2000 years ago in written form.

It includes:

  • the use of different herbal medicine
  • acupuncture (the insertion of thin needles into the body)
  • tuina (a method of massage for health purposes)
  • qigong (a combination of body posture, movements, breathing techniques, and meditation)
  • cupping (placing of cups on the body)
  • guasha (using pieces of smooth material to scrape the skin on the body)
  • tieda (a bone-setting treatment)
  • dietary therapy (finding the balance in classes of food)

Where Conventional / Western Medicine is the primary healthcare approach in the Western world, TCM is recognized as a complementary and alternative therapeutic method. A multitude of tests, experiments, trials and research are carefully carried out to prove the safety of Conventional Medicine. However, insufficient solid research and a lack of thorough understanding prevents TCM from becoming formal medical practice, as possible benefits and side effects of its healing tactics are yet to be proved. Therefore, more studies are required as evidence of its effectiveness and to allow approval of being incorporated into the mainstream.

TCM is widely used in China and is becoming increasingly available in Europe and North America as complementary and alternative healthcare.

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