I will talk a lot about Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) as the program I'm in is devoted to the study of that particular form of Chinese Medicine (CM). This is distinguished from Traditional Chinese Medicine in a number of ways, some of which I will try to make clear here. The first and most fundamental difference between CCM and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that the former draws most deeply from the Classical literature of CM when interacting with patients. The intake process, the patient-doctor interaction, the methods used for diagnosis and the form of the diagnosis, the application of acupuncture, herbs and other modalities, the reasoning out of prognosis - all of these should be primarily (if not completely) based on Classical sources and their most faithful commentaries. TCM, although it does pay lip service to the Classics - and some TCM practitioners take it on themselves to delve more deeply into the canon - does not rely primarily on these sources in its practice.
It occurs to me that some basic context needs to be established for this blog to make sense. It reminds me of the part of any thesis or dissertation where you state outright your terms and definitions, as well as the assumptions you won't be arguing for in the paper. Before you read this content in a thesis or dissertation, it's hard to fully understand the theory being advanced. While I won't be providing "a theory"in this blog - there are certainly things that are important to understand at the get-go.