ABOUT TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
The therapy methods of traditional Chinese medicine
In Chinese medicine therapy methods are divided into two groups: internal ones - herbal therapy (mostly formulas with multiple ingredients, soups, powders and pills etc) and food therapy (TCM categorizes and applies foods similar to the theory used for herbs) and external ones:
acpuncture and moxibustion (stimulating points of the body with needle and heat),
Chinese manual therapy or Tuina (stimulating point and areas manually, moving joints),
cupping (stimulating points with vacuum) and breathing or physical excercises.
The definition of traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine has a unique science-system which assigns how to define the healty and pathological processes in the body or in the environment around us. The knowledge of this unique science-sytem makes a practitioner traditional Chinese professional. and defines the clinical work of them.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on that and aims to prevent and cure illnesses, improve the quality of life.
Because this science-system is originated from China and through thousand of years developed and sophisticated to a valuable tool what we use nowadays - it is called traditional Chinese medicine.
The goal of traditional Chinese medicine
According to classic expression traditiona Chinese medicine is the tool for prolonging life. The goal is health till the last days: strong body, happyness, sharp eyes and ears - quality life even as an elderly. In other words: Chinese medicine is the tool for tendering life!
During acupuncture the practitioner uses very fine needles to stimulate certain points of your body. These acupoints are special points and they can be found on and near a complex channel system which encompass the whole body. Stimulating these points different physiological processes can be modified, regulated or influenced.
Chinese manual therapy/Tuina
Chinese manual therapy consists of soft tissue manipulations (massage), acupressure and passive moving of joints in order to solve musculoskeletal problems. The treatment usually focuses on the problematic area, it is done through clothing. Tuina is very pleasant, relaxing and stress reliefing.
This process means warming or heating. Usually a herb stick is used for that which is made of mugwort. It burns slowly and evenly, so the needles or body surface can be warmed easily. It has a very good painreliefing and circulation improving effect if it is used appropriately.
Glass or bamboo vaccumcups/jars are put onto the skin for a couple of minutes to help the flow of liquids in the problematic area. It is ofte used for coughs or lower backache.
Chinese herbs are taken to the pharmacy after careful growing, harvest and process. TCM categorizes them into different groups according to their characteristics: taste, movements, nature. TCM practitioners knowing these judge their effects and combine them together into a recipe based on the patients present state and problems. The recipes usually include 10-15 herbs.
For example Tai-ji is very poular in China which is ideal for both young and old to preserve heath. These special slow movements done with loose muscles, proper posture and focus help to regulate physiological functions, promote blood circulation and harmonize body and mind.