Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM 传统中医) originated in ancient China and evolved over thousands of years. Practitioners trained in Chinese Herbal Medicine use this medical system to diagnose, treat and prevent illness.
Underlying the practice of TCM is a unique view of the world and the human body. This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of a larger, surrounding universe (macrocosm) and their relationship with nature and its forces. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system. Similarly our organs are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning in balance and harmony.
The truth is, there is no single way that herbal medicine works, The various healing herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine perform many functions including:
- Balance yin and yang
- Fight infection
- Raise chi levels
- Nourish the blood and promote good circulation
- Increase or decrease dryness, heat, wind, dampness, cold and fire in the body
- Remove toxins from your system
- Improve digestions and absorption of nutrients
- Replenish sexual energy Elevate organ function (for example, a health liver will help maintain good emotional health)Certain herbs (or combinations of herbs) act rapidly, while others are designed to gradually fortify your body over time.
“Why don’t we always use rapid acting herbs?” you might ask. Well if your system is very weak (for instance, if you’ve just had complicated surgery or chemotherapy), we need to gently build up your chi over time, because your system simply can only handle so much.
Depending on your illness, we may prescribe Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture (along with massage and/or reflexology, if necessary), because these treatments work perfectly side by side. For example, we might give you herbs to raise your chi levels and acupuncture to unblock your meridians and make sure the chi flows smoothly to your internal organs.
And if you really want to experience “total” health, don’t wait until you’re sick to take Chinese herbs. Rather use herbs regularly throughout the year to prevent illness.