An Introduction to Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine, often known as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or CCM (Classical Chinese Medicine), has a long and illustrious history that dates back thousands of years before the present. These two variations of Chinese medicine, which are based on the Taoist philosophy and classical Chinese beliefs, differ from one another in that CCM strictly adheres to the roots of ancient Chinese medicine, whereas TCM is a more widely accepted form of alternative medicine that has become more “Westernized” when used in conjunction with modern terms.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is widely taught across China and is also available through a number of Chinese medicine or acupuncture institutions in North America. Future Chinese medicine practitioners learn how to give herbal prescriptions according to the patient’s needs by teaching holistic concepts that illustrate how all things are interrelated (mind, soul, and body). The notion is that the “whole person” should be treated rather than the sickness.
Its primary goal is to achieve a harmonious balance between the yin (water, earth, and air) and the yang (fire, air, and water) of the body’s life force (Chi or Qi). Chinese medicine is a highly advanced medicine in that it tackles healthcare on the basis of the meridians (energy channels of the body). Chinese medicine, in contrast to traditional medicine in the West, focuses a strong emphasis on the body’s components and their interrelationship with the body’s separate systems, rather than on the body as a whole.
When you consult with a practitioner of Chinese medicine, you will learn about a completely new method of diagnosing. Other non-invasive diagnostic techniques are used by these holistic health practitioners in addition to looking at a patient’s face, such as pulse diagnosis (palpation of the radial artery pulse) and body palpation.
Chinese medicine practitioners can offer a variety of holistic treatments once they have formed their observations and arrived at a conclusive treatment method. These include Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, holistic nutrition advice, moxibustion and cupping, Tuina (Chinese medical massage), Qigong, and Tai Chi, among other things. Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) is a type of health treatment that can be administered by some qualified practitioners.
Licensed Chinese medicine practitioners nowadays have received a substantial amount of study and training in their field. Despite the fact that there are several acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools in North America and overseas, no two curricula are exactly same. A variety of Oriental medicine programs are available to prospective students in the United States, including Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM), Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), and Bachelors or Masters degrees in traditional oriental medicine or acupuncture, among others.