Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

The roots of Chinese Medicine date back to more than three millennia. In the middle of the 20st century, Chinese Medicine in China was renamed to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Traditional Chinese Medicine is unique and it has a completely different approach than Western Medicine. Western Medicine tries to find single symptoms and causes of disease, while TCM has a holistic view of the individual. TCM takes the whole person into consideration and thinks rather in functional structures.

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How does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) work?

In the Chinese way of thinking, a disease is not only limited to local symptoms. Next to physical phenomena a disease has equivalents in the entire structure of a human. These include emotions, social environment, climate and, of course food. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the human being as a unity of body, spirit and soul. Thus, the physical, mental and spiritual constitution is equally important for assessing the health state of a person.

Harmony is a very important concept in Chinese Medicine as well as in the Chinese culture. Harmony in the human body means that the body’s energetic potential (qì 气) and blood flow freely and that yīn 阴 and yáng 阳 are in harmonious balance. If this is so, all organ systems and psycho-emotional processes can work without any restriction – we are well. In the case of illness, the harmonious balance no longer exists and symptoms manifest themselves depending on the severity and duration of the imbalance.

TCM is of particular importance for diseases which cannot be sufficiently treated with Western Medicine. Length of a course of treatment depends on the sort, severity and duration of your symptoms.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Diseases are considered as failures or blockages of the body’s energetic flow (qì) or imbalance between yīn and yáng. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine restore the harmony of yīn and yáng and the free flow of qì in the human body.

In Western thinking, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consists primarily of Acupuncture but Acupuncture is just a small part of TCM. The larger part of TCM includes Chinese Herbal Medicine. Detailed explanations of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be found under treatment methods.

Other treatment methods

In addition to Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment, methods such as Cupping, Moxibustion, Gua Sha or Chinese Nutritional Therapy are used. These methods are explained to you in detail under treatment methods.

Health care (prevention)

Health care (in Chinese yǎng shēng) is another part in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sometimes yǎng shēng is also translated as health preservation, life cultivation, or life nourishment. However, prevention in terms of TCM starts before a disease breaks out. If a disease is already there, TCM can prevent exacerbation. Like TCM treatment TCM prevention is always individual and it depends on the individual person, season, age etc. The aim of yǎng shēng  is always to maintain and improve health, and achieve longevity. I will give you more information about this during your consultation.

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