Traditional Chinese Medicine
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 2,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.
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 upholds balancing, uprighting and eliminating the pathogens as the main principles of treating diseases and maintaining health, rather than confrontation and killing as methods to conquer diseases. In the fight against viral diseases, chronic inflammation, functional disorders, endocrine disorders and other diseases, TCM plays a good role.
Chinese medicine puts the occurrence of diseases, climatic changes, environmental variations, emotional fluctuations, imbalance of diet and life, and the disorder of sex life together.
TCM relies upon inspection, listening and smelling, inquiry and pulse-taking to directly experience and study the human dynamic life information. Also it is based on syndrome differentiation to guide the disease treatment. This method not only can save a lot of examination fees for patients, but also can help doctors exchange with patients more closely, which reflects a real humanistic spirit.
Chinese medicine treats diseases mainly with prescription and acupuncture. Acupuncture is used as a non-medication therapy, whose side effects are slight in an acknowledged way. Chinese medicine is mainly from the original medications of nature. Most of them are not only without toxicity or side effects, but also through processing, especially in accordance with the principle of “monarch, minister, assistant and envoy” combined into a prescription, TCM upholds "prescription corresponding with the disease” as the basic idea of treatment based on syndrome differentiation, and “balancing, uprighting and eliminating the pathogens” as the principle of applying the prescription to play an integrated role in the body. This way can cure diseases and rarely cause side effects. TCM never simply combats poison with poison.
TCM delivers effective means of treatments for a wide range of chronic conditions, including pain management, arthritis, obesity, Bell's palsy, chemo-resistant late stage cancer, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, chronic fatigue and stroke rehabilitation. It also helps patients to improve their lifestyle to prevent diseases.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has the advantages as followed:
* Predicting occurrence, nature, trends of diseases is unique for the Practicability of TCM.
* Not only preventing diseases, but also paying attention to health care.
* Traditional non-drug therapy can be used in health care and treatment, which is unique of TCM.
* TCM specializes in treatment of chronic diseases, geriatric diseases and incurable diseases.
* The largest advantage of TCM is to treat acute diseases and prevent Exogenous Heat.
* TCM is simple, inexpensive, safe and durable.
* The TCM has built its reputation throughout the long history of China on its uniqueness and holistic approach.