Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. Although the first recorded history of Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back over two thousand years, it is believed that the origins of TCM go back more than five thousand years.
Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment involves the use of modalities such as herb formulas, acupuncture, acupressure, dietary therapy and body practices such as tai chi and qi gong. Although tai chi and qi gong are normally very safe and gentle, be sure to discuss any health or mobility concerns with the instructors.
Traditional Chinese herbal products can be easily purchased online. Some of the herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine can interact with drugs, have serious side effects, or be unsafe for people with certain medical conditions. It is recommended that patients should check their doctors to avoid any undesired side effects if they are using any herbal products.
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, all illnesses, is the result of energy imbalance, either in the form of an excess or a deficiency of the body's elemental energy. Qi, the energy or vital life force flows through your body along pathways known as meridians and is affected by the balance of yin and yang. It regulates our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health. If there is a blockage or imbalance in the energy flow you become ill. TCM treatment aims to restore the balance of Qi energy.
Yin-yang theory is the concept of two opposing but complementary forces that shape the world and all life. The balance of yin and yang maintains harmony in your body, mind and the universe.
Traditionally, Tai Chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine are connected together to treat patients. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi is practiced primarily for health benefits, stress relief, and relaxation. The slow, continuous movements are designed to impart powerful physical skills and to stimulate the flow of energy within the body, with the ultimate goal of improved mind-body connection, and increased longevity. (Tai Chi)
Acupressure has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for its effectiveness in the treatment of illness and pain. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure can correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being. (Acupressure)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Education
"Develop modern medicine and Chinese traditional medicine" was put into the Constitution and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine was established in 1986. Two years later, on the basis of the Administration, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology was established. It is responsible for the national management of traditional Chinese medicine and pharmacology, for formulation of developing strategies, guiding principles, policies, laws and regulations, in charge of TCM therapy, health care and rehabilitation programs of traditional Chinese medicine, integrated traditional and western medicine and nationality medicine; and development of scientific techniques, as well as in comprehensive control of the equilibrium between production, supply and marketing of traditional Chinese medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Education has developed gradually higher and secondary professional education, postgraduate education. The TCM higher education has been expanded in scale and its professional structure has been rationally regulated. In education of university and college level, with the advance of the reform, some specialized subjects such as TCM foundations, orthopedics and traumatology, massage, preparation of Chinese medicine have been gradually added on the bases of the subjects of traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese pharmacology and acupuncture.
List of Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinics
Traditional Chinese Medicine has made great contribution to the health of Chinese people for thousands years, and it became an independent medical system in world medical field with its special clinical effect, rational theory system and rich practice experience. The first written documentation on Traditional Chinese Medicine is the Huangdi Neijing or Yellow Emperor's Cannon of Internal Medicine. Huangdi Neijing is the oldest medical textbook in the world. Different opinions date the book back to between 800 BC and 200 BC. Yellow Emperor's Cannon of Internal Medicine lays a primary foundation for the theories of Chinese medicine which extensively summarizes and systematizes the previous experience of treatment and theories of medicine.
The reason for the lastingness of Traditional Chinese Medicine lies in that it has great vitality. TCM has rational property, scientific theory system and rich contents. In this sense, the advantage of TCM is just the basis of TCM education. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese central government has put great importance to Traditional Chinese Medicine, formulating a series of guiding principles and policies to support and promote the development of TCM.