What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

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According to the Chinese understanding of disease, our health is dependent on the smooth movement of the body's essential energy, or Qi (pronounced "Chee"), via a network of pathways or meridians.

If the flow is in excess, deficient, rebellious or blocked then imbalance will develop causing pain and or illness.

The flow of energy can be affected by:

Environmental Toxins

Diet

Hereditary Factors

Infections

Trauma

Weather

Emotions

  • A professional, continually practiced medical system (underline medical system) dating back over 2,500 years ago
  • This system has been created by the most educated Chinese scholars
  • 1/4 of the earth's population makes use of it
  • Western and Eastern medicines are the most dominant health care practices in the world today

How does it work?

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The practitioner uniquely focuses on treating the whole entire person, not just a piece or part. Balance between physical and mental-emotional well being is crucial in establishing harmony in one’s life. TCM achieves optimal health by restoring balance at the root cause of disease within the body.

Practitioners diagnose what is out of balance in a patient’s body by:

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Chief Complaint
(onset, location, duration, characteristics, alleviates, aggravates)
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Ten Questions
that determine the overall health of the person’s bodily systems
1. Body temperature
2. Sweating
3. Head/body
4. Stools/urine
5. Digestion/appetite/taste
6. Thirst
7. Chest/ribs/abdomen
8. Ears/eyes
9. Sleep
10. Gynecology/male urogenital
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Visual Inspection
The most important visual verification of physiology and internal organ health
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Palpation (Touch)
• Pulse (27 basic pulse states)
• Abdomen, hands/feet (temperature)
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How is Harmony Restored?

TCM works by reestablishing balance and harmony between the energetics of the organs, blood, fluids, muscles, skeletal, glands, digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems.
When a bodily system is too:
  • Hot (such as thirst, red face, acne, sensation of heat) treatment is to cool
  • Cold (such as clear fluid discharge, pain better with heat, cold limbs) treatment is to warm
  • Damp/Phlegm (edema, heaviness of body, foggy head, oozing sores) treatment is to drain/resolve
  • Dryness (dry skin, mouth, throat, stools) treatment is to moisten
  • Wind (tremors, dizziness, itching, paralysis) treatment is to extinguish
All too often, patients present, not with one textbook pattern, but with a combination of 2, 4 even 5 patterns!
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