Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (Simplified Chinese: 中医; Pinyin: Zhong Yi: “Chinese medicine”) refers to a wide range of medical practices and share theoretical concepts that were developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years, including herbal remedies, acupuncture, Tui Na massage (acupressure), exercise (Qi Gong), and nutritional therapy. These practices are considered alternative medicine in the Western world.
Main treatment modalities of TCM
Often, Western practitioners and their patients or clients derive their understanding of TCM from acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of the main treatment modalities of this complete medical system based on the understanding of Qi or vital energy. These main treatments are:
- Qi Gong: a practice based on energy, made of simple movements and postures. Some Qi Gong systems also focus on breathing techniques.
- Chinese herbal medicine: the use of combinations or herbal formulas to strengthen and support the function of organ systems.
- Acupuncture: the insertion of needles into acupuncture points to help the smooth flow of Qi.
- Tui Na: the use of specific hand techniques to help Qi flow smoothly.
- Nutritional therapy: the prescription of certain healing foods based on their energy essences or energy signatures, not their nutritional value.
- Chinese psychology: understanding emotions and their relationship to internal organ systems and their influence on health.
Chinese medicine is based on the theory of the human being in good health, from a physiological, psychological, anatomical, etc. point of view. It seeks to understand human beings as a whole. Chinese medicine takes only barely the anatomical structures into account, and is primarily concerned with the identification of functional entities (that regulate digestion, breathing, aging, etc.). Health is seen as a harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, however the disease is interpreted as a lack of harmony in the interaction.
Why am I talking about Chinese medicine? Just because no doctor was able to link all the troubles that have arisen all at once, without having a relationship with each other. It is only thanks to Chinese medicine, especially acupuncture and nutritional therapy that my body has recovered its health in no time. After the second acupuncture session, I noticed an almost miraculous change, and yet it has nothing of a miracle. Just listen to what the body wants to tell us.
Acupuncture, however, was not new to me, nor the theory of Chinese medicine. I let myself be driven by doctors to conduct tests and examinations, and to consult specialists. None has found a solution. All they did was prescribe me medication that did not help me, but my condition worsened. After six months, I had the good sense to seek an acupuncturist who, from the first session, helped me. I canceled the exams that I had yet to do as well as consultations with specialists.
Now, I go once a week at the acupuncturist, until I’m 100% healthy again and I changed my diet. I feel good, in great shape.