Chinese Medicine Therapies to Stay in Balance and Keep Qi Flowing

Chinese medicine is not just acupuncture or herbal therapy. There is a whole host of different therapies the people of China use to stay in balance and keep qi flowing in a proper balance.

Chinese medicine is just one of many alternative medical systems available in the world today according to western medicine. The basic alternative medical systems are:

Ayurveda

Chiropractic

Herbalism

Homeopathy

Naturopathic medicine

Osteopathy

Traditional Chinese medicine

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In China, Traditional Chinese medicine is the main healthcare system.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a theory that says that all of the bodily processes are interrelated and in constant interaction with the environment. When there is an unbalance in the body with the environment, then, illness is present in the body. There are various treatments used to help keep the balance. These treatments are based on philosophical frameworks that include yin and yang, the five elements, the meridian system, Zang Fu organ theory and a few others that are lesser in importance.

The patient is treated as a whole entity and not just a disease. A diagnosis is made by conversation with the patient, by smelling, listening to the sounds the patient makes, by touching the patient and by examination. A pulse reading is also taken as part of the diagnostic process. The patient’s tongue is also examined. Temperature of different parts of the body is also noted.

Therapies:

There are usually a combination of therapies involved in the treatment of the patient including Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, die-da or tieh ta, Chinese food therapy, massage therapy (tui na), qigong, physical exercise and also mental health therapy such as feng shui or Chinese astrology is consulted.

Cupping, gua sha and auriculotherapy are done during acupuncture or moxibustion.

Herbal medicine is the treatment of the body by way of medicinal herbal teas, pills and use of food therapy (eating to heal).

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical method of unblocking qi by inserting fine needles at specific points (acupoints) on the body to restore the balance of qi.

Moxibustion is a Chinese medicine therapy that utilizes mugwort herb as a form of heat therapy.

Jin Gu Die Da Wan is a herbal remedy that breaks blood stagnation, helps to tonify blood, stops bleeding, opens the channels and strengthens bones and also relieves pain.

Tui na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used when acupuncture or moxibustion is being performed.

Qigong is a part of Chinese medicine that deals with the coordination of different breathing patterns and series of physical postures and motions of the body for the proper maintenance of the body. These breathing patterns and body postures are also taught as part of the traditional Chinese martial arts training.

Chinese medicine recognizes the importance of a total healthy connection between body, mind, physical exercise, healthy diet, and the balance of life. A combination of therapies is usually prescribed for a patient and not just one as the Chinese believe that one is unbalanced and can falter where when more than one is prescribed they will balance each other weaknesses and have greater strength.

By: Scott Meyers

About the Author:

Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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What is Chinese Medicine?

There are different interpretations of what Chinese medicine is. There are those who see it as an alternative medicine, especially when associated with acupuncture. China and Taiwan look to traditional Chinese medicine as an important part of their healthcare system. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was coined in the 1950s as a term to collectively refer to what was exported as “Chinese medicine”.

Today traditional Chinese medicine means that which entails the Chinese theories, diagnosis and treatment of individuals using traditional Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and Qigong. Sometimes it is called Oriental medicine or East Asian medicine.

Most who practice TCM believe that the human body is in constant interaction with the environment. Those that practice TCM can diagnose, understand and treat illness and even prevent it by means of ascertaining disharmony in an individual.

TCM has a theory based on several philosophical believes including the Yin-Yang theory, the Five Elements, the Meridian system, the Zang Fu Organ theory and a few others. These theories or concepts are collectively used to come up with a diagnosis.

It is important when utilizing Chinese herbs that you do so under the guidance of a health professional. You will have questions regarding the preparation, dosage, interactions, when to change formulas, what to do if other symptoms would occur that you may not have expected.

Also learn how long to follow the herbal therapy. All of these questions are best answered by someone how really understands Chinese medicine. Knowing about Chinese medicine is more than just reading an article or book. It takes years of studying to understand not only the book knowledge, but the inner understanding about balance and other Chinese theories.

Formulas are herbal combinations that are specifically designed for an individual based on symptoms, interview and inspection. Formulas are not mass-produced but done one at a time for a specific individual. Formulas are not available in stores or on the Internet. Those practicing Chinese medicine will prescribe a formula that the patient can take to a herbal shop in order to have the formula prepared.

It is recommended that you find a local practitioner to aid you in consultations and treatments instead of traveling great distances to have one consultation with a Chinese practice of notoriety.

Chinese medicine is not an exact science. Treatment varies and has many factors including herbs to be used, dosage, the duration of the treatment and any additional treatment such as acupuncture.

Chinese medicine like many clinics for Western medicine has a way for low-income patients to receive care. Colleges of traditional Chinese medicine offer discounted services because students are there to learn from experience treating patients. Other practitioners often times will offer low cost or sliding scale fees to assist those with lower income to pay for traditional Chinese medicinal care.

Going the distance for care in China:

There are those who desire Chinese medicine and are willing to receive it from those actually practicing in China. There are many obstacles such as the language barrier, travel arrangements, the availability of hotel rooms and the ability of Chinese hospitals to accommodate foreign patients. Certain clinics in China are set up to treat specific diseases and may offer to provide foreign patients with long distance consultations where the patient sends the clinic his/her medical information and the clinic will design and ship the proper herbs for a fee.

By: Scott Meyers

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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Healthy Retirement.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine – a New Perspective of Healing

While we in the West are more familiar with the way doctors practice traditional medicine for healing, the ancient Eastern practice of medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM), has recently become popular in the West as an alternative to traditional medicine.  In order to understand the way illness is treated in traditional Chinese medicine, we need to understand their view of illness in the human body.

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the Taoist philosophy that the human body is a universe with a set of complete and interconnected systems.  Those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the body.  This is the principle of yin and yang.  These two opposites are constantly in motion, creating a fluctuating balance in a healthy body.  Illness occurs when either yin or yang is in a state of prolonged excess or deficiency.  Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are trained to view the body, mind and spirit as one system and to treat the disease in a holistic manner.  The balance of yin and yang is considered with respect to qi (breath or life force), blood, jing (essence), other bodily fluids, the five elements, emotions and the soul or spirit (shen).

Typical therapies for traditional Chinese medicine include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Qi Gong exercises.  Acupuncture treatment stimulates certain areas of the external body along the body’s meridian lines.  Herbal medicine acts on zang-fu organs internally and Qi Gong aims to restore the flow inside the network through the regulation of qi.

When seeking treatment from a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, you will usually be asked questions about your emotional and mental life as well as your physical symptoms.  You may also have your pulse taken several times, once for each internal organ, and the color and texture of your tongue will be checked.  The practitioner will then create a customized treatment plan designed to improve your overall health, instead of just for the illness you sought treatment for.

In most cases, the practitioner will use acupuncture to stimulate specific points along your meridians in order to bring qi back into balance.  He may also use moxibustion (application of small mounds of burning herbs), cupping (use of suction cups), or deep tissue massage.  You may also get a prescription for a combination of herbs and ingredients formulated to correct whatever imbalances the practitioner thinks may be causing your illness.  You would typically brew these herbs into a tea, or they may come in pill or extract form.  Lastly, you may be asked to practice Qi Gong or Tai Chi (slow and gentle martial arts that combine breathing, movement, and meditation) to balance and strengthen your qi.

Depending on which treatments are used, traditional Chinese medicine can be quite safe and effective.  Acupuncture is usually quite safe as long as your practitioner uses properly sterilized or disposable needles to prevent infection.  You need to let your acupuncturist know if you are taking pain relievers as they can exacerbate bruising from the needles.  The use of herbal combinations can be a bit of a problem.  Many Chinese herbalists won’t tell you what’s in the mixture which could contain trace amounts of dangerous substances such as mercury or arsenic.  You should let her practitioner know about any drugs you are taking and let your doctor know of any herbs you are taking as certain herbs and mixtures may adversely interact with the drugs.

If you are looking for an alternative to traditional medicine, and would like to treat your illness in a more holistic manner, traditional Chinese medicine may be your answer.

By: Chanda

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A self-proclaimed information addict, Sandi H. has come to the conclusion that knowledge is power when it comes to finding alternative healing methods to traditional medicine. The more you know, the better choices you make toward choosing alternative healing methods. Go to www.alternativemedicineinfoguide.com to find more information on alternative healing methods to meet your specific needs.

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