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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese MedicineTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a broad range of medicine practices developed in China and know throughout the rest of the world as alternative medical systems. Some of the practices associated with TCM include acupuncture, herbalism, homeopathy and moxibustion. Reaching back over 3,000 years the doctrines of Chinese medicine can be found in early books including the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage. In the 1950's the original concepts were modernized in the People's Republic of China with current scientific medicine. While TCM and modern medicine often differ on diagnosis and treatment the practice of TCM is still very popular around the world, especially with people who are skeptical of surgery and drug therapy.

Acupuncture

One of the most popular and well-known TCM practices is acupuncture. Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is still practiced to this day to help relieve a number of ailments including chronic pain, depression, addiction, anxiety and many gastrointestinal disorders. In TCM the belief is that a natural flow of energy moves throughout the body called "qi" and that this energy travels along channels called meridians. When the flow of energy is blocked it requires an outside stimulation to restore the proper flow of energy and allow the body to heal itself. Acupuncturists focus on specific meridians (there are 71 identified on the human body) to treat different conditions.

Herbal Medicine

Another popular treatment that originated with TCM is the use of natural herbs, often administered through a very strong tea, to alter the disease process. While Western drugs often control symptoms it doesn't alter the disease. Antibiotics may kill bacteria but don't improve a person's resistance to infection. Chinese herbs are not only used to rid the body of disease but to also nourish and balance the body in specific ways to improve organ function and build up the natural immune system. Some of the better known Chinese herbs include ginseng, mushrooms, Dang Gui, ginger, ephedra and Jimsom weed.

To learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and how it can be used to treat conditions you may be suffering from contact Acupuncture Associates today.


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