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Traditional Chinese Medicine is system of health and medical care that developed in China over thousands of years. The TCM approach uses 8 principles to analyse symptoms and put particular conditions into groups – cold and heat, inside and outside, too much and not enough, and yin and yang.
Yin-yang theory is the concept of two opposing but complementary forces. The balance of yin and yang maintains harmony in our body and mind.
Qi energy or vital life force flows through our body along pathways known as meridians and is affected by the balance of yin and yang. It regulates our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health. If there is a blockage or imbalance in the energy flow it can manifest as pain or illness. TCM and acupuncture aim to restore the balance of Qi energy.
The 5 elements – fire, earth, metal, water, and wood – is a concept that explains how the body works in relation to the elements which correspond to particular organs and tissues.
Acupuncture is one of the best known branches of TCM. It works by stimulating acu-points which are located on meridians or channels. Very fine, sterile needles are inserted in the body and the acu-points are stimulated by gently twiddling the needles with aim to achieve the momentary sensation called Da Qi. By inserting the needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.
Chinese herbal medicine involves the use of natural herbs. Each herb has its own specific properties and particular medical use to treat various diseases by rectifying the over or under- activity of Yin and Yang and help restore the body to normal physiological function. Chinese herbal therapy must only be prescribed by fully qualified TCM practitioner. A herbal prescription consist of several herbs and is prepared based on syndrome differentiation and according to the principles of TCM diagnostic theory.
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