Traditional Chinese Medicine
every westerner today knows something about acupuncture, but most
westerners know very little about the Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM) system -- a method of healing that has been used thousands
years and it still being used every day in China.
medicine is a coherent and independent system of thought, it has
been developed over two millennia. Based on ancient texts, it is
the results of a continuous process of critical thinking, as well
as extensive clinical observation and testing. It represents a thorough
formulation and reformulation of material by respected clinicians
and theoreticians. It is also, however, rooted in the philosophy,
logic, sensibility, developed its own perception of the body and
of health and disease.
medicine, is primarily concerned with isolable disease categories
or agents of disease, which it zeroes in on, isolates and tries
to change, control, or destroy. In contrast, Chinese medicine is
holistic, based on the idea that no single part of the body can
be understood except in its relation to the whole. A symptom, therefore,
is not traced back to a cause, but is looked at as a part of a totality.
If a person has a symptom, Chinese medicine wants to know how the
symptom fits into the patient's entire bodily pattern. A person
who is well, or "in harmony", has no distressing symptoms
and expresses mental, physical, and spiritual balance. When that
person is ill, the symptom is only one part of a complete bodily
imbalance that can be seen in other aspects of his or her life and
behavior. Understanding that overall pattern with the symptom as
part of it, is the challenge of Chinese medicine.
seventy percent of Chinese people are using TCM, include acupuncture
and herbal medicine as their main form of health care. In fact,
people all over the world are using TCM as well, it has been used
in England, France, and Germany for several hundred years, while
in United States only in the past two decades have acupuncture and
Traditional Chinese Medicine been recognized. More and more people
are using alternative medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese
herbal medicine in the United States today.