Traditional Chinese Medicine
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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. It is a profound pathway to create the life you truly want to live, the life you were born to live. It’s a timeless bridge that can initiate and support change and growth in any and every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. TCM teaches you how to live a life of balance, wellness, and harmony.
TCM is based on the Chinese concept of "Qi" (pronounced "chee" ) and the theory of yin and yang. According to TCM, Qi is the vital energy that circulates through the body at all times, helping to maintain a person's health. Life is a gathering of Qi. A healthy (and happy) human being is a dynamic but harmonious mixture of all the aspects of Qi that make up who we are. Qi is in a state of continuous flux, transforming endlessly from one aspect of Qi into another. It is neither created nor is it ever destroyed; it simply changes in its manifestation.
In Chinese philosophy, the expression of yin and yang translates to the understanding that seemingly opposite or contrary forces have an interconnected, complementary and interdependent relationship. They feed each other as they interrelate to one another. Everything that is yin contains some element of yang, and everything that is yang contains some element of yin. There is nothing so solid or material (yin) that does not contain some energetic vibration (yang), and nothing so kinetic or immaterial (yang) that does not also contain some material substance (yin). Even light, so Einstein tells us, has mass.
Today, TCM continues to develop in new and exciting ways and is utilized by millions of people around the world. It is truly a world class system of medicine!
Key TCM Principles
Your body is an integrated whole. Each and every structure in your body is an integral and necessary part of the whole. Along with your mind, emotions, and spirit, your physical body structures form a miraculously complex, interrelated system that is powered by vital energy.
You are completely connected to nature. Changes in nature are always reflected in your body. When analyzing your health issues, TCM takes into account of the particular season, geographical location, time of day, as well as your age, genetics, and the condition of your body.
You were born with a natural self-healing ability. Your body is a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm. Think about it: nature has a regenerative capacity, and so do you. Sometimes, this ability may appear to be lost or difficult to access. In most cases, it is never completely gone.
Prevention is the best cure. Do you know your body is continually revealing signs about the state of your health? Let’s face it, it’s common to ignore these signs or symptoms until something more complicated arises. TCM teaches you how to interpret what your body is telling you.
Yani Lu, M.D., Ph.D.