Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system of diagnosis and health care approaches that has evolved over the last 3,000 years.
These practices include Acupuncture, Herbal Remedies, Diet, Tai Chi and Chi Kung / Qi Gong.
The Chinese approach to healing is Holistic, meaning that it comprises ofbody mind and spirit. The world view that underpins the principles and practices of Chinese medicine is based on the Daoist (see below) understanding of a universe where everything is interdependent and mutually interactive; nothing is analysed or interpreted without reference to the whole.
Acupuncture is one of the ancient branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It deals directly with the human body's energy system, the vital energy of life or "Qi."
Qi flows around the body in 12 main Acupuncture channels or meridians; each one of the channels is functionally connected to a specific organ. Along each of the channels there are 'vital points' which can be stimulated by acupuncture or acupressure and cause an effect on the Qi in the channel, such as to move, strengthen, reduce or nourish the Qi.
Alongside Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine is the other major pillar of Chinese medicine. Herbal preparations have long been used in China, and there is evidence from as far back as 2000 B.C. of Traditional Herbal Medicines that used plant, animal and mineral substances to treat ailments.
Over the succeeding centuries the use of such substances was refined and developed: by about A.D. 639 a comprehensive "material medical" which listed the herbal components and described their actions and properties.
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Related Information: Daoism
Daoism, also known as Taoism, has its origins in the writings of Lao Tzu. One of the main theories of Chinese medicine is Ying and Yang. Yin and Yang are mutually independent and complementary rather than conflicting opposites.
The two halves of the whole, each with a small dot of the other, represent that nothing is pure Yin or Yang.