What is TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness for thousands of years since ancient China. This natural healing system has four distinct divisions: acupuncture, herbology, TuiNa (Chinese massage), and food cures. Some TCM remedial exercises like qi-gong, and tai-ji can also be of benefits to patients.
TCM views our health in a holistic fashion. TCM applies the yin - yang principle of interconnection and continuous transformation to the human body to explain its physiology and pathology and further to guide clinical diagnosis and treatment the body. In the theories of TCM, a root cause for occurrence and development of a disease is imbalance between yin and yang.
A doctor of TCM diagnoses a patient by four clinical examinations: observing, listening and smelling, interviewing and pulse-taking. Once an illness is diagnosed, the doctor will prescribe a treatment that will focus on restoring the balance of the body's yin - yang . Treatment such as acupuncture, herbal medicine or exercises may be used. A doctor of TCM will care for the entire person, both of the physical and the mental aspects.
About one-quarter of the world's population are choosing TCM as an alternative medical care service.
Why do they want to feel my pulse?
An acupuncturist will want to feel 12 main spots on your wrist. Each spot corresponds to an organ an meridian system. There are 27 different pulse qualities that your acupuncturist will be looking for. These 27 qualities will reflect your balance of Qi and any imbalances will appear in your pulse.
Why do they want to look at my tongue?
The tongue tells many things about your body. It can reflect your general health as well as the health of your organs and meridians. The acupuncturist will examine the colour, shape and coating.
Can I combine acupuncture and Western medicine?
Acupuncture, herbs and acupressure treatment can be combined with Western internal medicine, osteopathic, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy or massage. However, it is advisable that patients who are undergoing herbs treatment take their herbal medicine at different times of the day than their conventional medicine. With the approval of the patient's doctor and traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, a acupunture patient can generally reduce their use of Western medicine as their health improves.