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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of natural therapy which focuses on achieving balance between the body’s internal spiritual energies of Yin and Yan to maintain good health. Through various exercises, herbal intake and treatment, TCM aims to improve blood and energy circulation within the body and encourage the body to naturally heal itself.

In this blog, we’ll help you gain a better understanding of TCM by covering the most popular types of TCM applied today.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a growingly popular TCM technique that involves the insertion of fine needles into the outer layers of the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. It is believed that acupuncture encourages the body to produce natural painkillers and affects areas of the human brain which respond to pain. Some practitioners may also perform electrotherapy with acupuncture, by attaching wires to the needles so that small electric currents flow into the body.

Acupuncture is most often used to treat chronic pains, such as neck pain, lower back pain, and knee pain. Some studies suggest that it may reduce the intensity or frequency of headaches in patients as well.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a form of exercise combining certain posture holding, movements, mental focus, and controlled breathing. In the western world, it is most similar to yoga. It is believed that tai chi may help improve balance, stability, and flexibility in older people, as well as help people, maintain a healthy body by reducing back and knee pains. Thus, tai chi is said to improve the quality of life for those who practice it.

The set of movements dictated by tai chi can also be performed while walking, sitting, or standing. If practiced quickly, tai chi can also become a form of self-defense. However, it is noted that it may not be safe for pregnant women to practice tai chi due to the straining effects it may have on their bodies.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Just like plant-based western medicine, TCM employs the use of herbs for their health benefits. Although not much is known about the legitimacy of Chinese herbal medicine, many believe that they do work in preventing diseases and health conditions such as strokes, heart disease as well as mental disorders.

However, as with all plants ingested into the body, TCM practitioners, as well as those who undergo Chinese herbal treatment, need to be wary of the drugs, heavy metals, and pesticides that may potentially exist inside the herbs.

Despite having a wealth of history, TCM is only just starting to gain validity and popularity in the eyes of the western audience. Although still considered an alternative to conventional western medicines, TCM may be a viable option for those seeking drug-free treatments for their health conditions. 

If you are looking to learn more about TCM or natural therapy, don’t be afraid to visit your local natural therapy clinic! There is no better way to gain a thorough understanding of TCM than by talking to the professionals themselves.


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