Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It is a holistic and natural health care system that dates back at least 2,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms and takes into account all aspects of a patient’s life, rather than just several obvious signs or symptoms.
TCM practitioners view the body as a complex network of interconnected parts (part of a larger concept known as Qi ), rather than separate systems or organs. The aim is to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.
However, the tradition as a whole places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well-being and happiness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments aim to correct imbalances in the body and primarily work in three major ways:
- Addressing a patient’s external factors and environment
- Helping patients relate to their internal emotions in a healthier way, including managing stress
- Improving someone’s lifestyle factors, including diet and exercise routine
Organs that are especially focused on during TCM treatments include the kidneys, heart, spleen, liver, lung, gallbladder, small intestine and large intestine. Depending on the specific type, the benefits of TCM therapies range considerably. Some of the health problems most commonly treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies include:
- Chronic pain
- Liver disease
- Hormonal imbalances
- High blood pressure
- PMS or menopause symptoms
- Cancer recovery or chemotherapy
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