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Traditional Chinese medicine is based

Updated: Saturday, May 22,2010, 10:02:14 PM
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 Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the philosophical concept that the human body is a small universe with a set of complete and sophisticated interconnected systems, and that those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the human body. The balance of yin and yang is considered with respect to qi, the Five elements , emotions, spirit. If Qi is flowing freely and smoothly, there is balance and health. If Qi is blocked, pain, dysfunction and disease can result. TCM has a unique model of the body, notably concerned with the meridian system. Unlike the Western anatomical model which divides the physical body into parts, the Chinese model is more concerned with function. Thus, the TCM Spleen is not a specific piece of flesh, but an aspect of function related to transformation and transportation within the body.

TCM practitioners are trained to use a variety of ancient and modern therapeutic methods - including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, moxibustion , nutritional and lifestyle counselling—to treat a broad range of both chronic and acute illnesses. TCM focuses on the wholeness of body, mind and spirit and emphasizes prevention and health promotion.

TCM is a holistic medical system that seeks to heal the root causes of dysfunction or disease. It has been practiced for over 5000 years, making it one of the oldest and most widely used systems of medicine in the world. Recent advances in Western medicine are only now beginning to affirm the wisdom of this ancient healing system that integrates mind, body, nutrition, lifestyle and energy fields.

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