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TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is one of the world's oldest forms of medicine, with a history of more than 2,500 years. It is the essence of Chinese history, philosophy and medical knowledge.

Overview

TCM is built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, and diet therapy.

It is still the main form of medicine to many Chinese today. With more research being done, and greater worldwide interest in natural products, TCM is increasingly recognised as a viable form of alternative medicine in other parts of the world.

One of the basic tenets of TCM is that "the body's vital energy circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions."

TCM concept of disease

Disease is perceived as an imbalance in the functions or interactions of yin, yang, qi, xuĕ, zàng-fǔ, meridians etc. and/or of the interaction between the human body and the environment.

Therapy is based on which "pattern of disharmony" can be identified.

Diagnostic methods in TCM

In TCM, there are 5 diagnostic methods: inspection, auscultation, olfaction, inquiry, and palpation.

  • Inspection focuses on the face and particularly on the tongue, including analysis of the tongue size, shape, tension, color and coating, and the absence or presence of teeth marks around the edge.
  • Auscultation refers to listening for particular sounds (such as wheezing).
  • Olfaction refers to attending to body odor.
  • Inquiry focuses on the "seven inquiries", which involve asking the person about the regularity, severity, or other characteristics of: chills, fever, perspiration, appetite, thirst, taste, defecation, urination, pain, sleep.
  • Palpation 

Osteoporosis means "porous bone". It is a condition where bones become brittle and more prone to fractures. According to the theory of TCM, kidney is in charge of bone health. As we age and hit menopause/andropause, kidney qi and essence decrease significantly. This is a natural ...
22 Feb 2019
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus. It is common among women, some have symptoms while many do not. Symptoms may include irregular menstrual periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual bleeding, spotting, bleeding between periods, severe menstrual cra...
19 Feb 2019
Let me briefly talk about the hormone, prolactin. Prolactin is important for both male and female reproductive health. It is also known as the lactogenic hormone, used mainly to help women produce breastmilk after childbirth. High levels of prolactin are normal during pregnancy and ...
13 Feb 2019
Our skin reflects how well our internal organs and systems are functioning. According to TCM, the appearance of dark eye circles under the eyes are usually signs of imbalance within the body. It can be due to 1) Kidney deficiency; 2) Qi and blood deficiency; 3) Qi and blood stagnati...
12 Feb 2019
Thank you for submitting such an intriguing question. This may be a little profound to explain but I will try my best. We all know that the body takes time to recover after every exercise and logically, high frequency and intensity exercises requires more time. When you do not...
16 Nov 2018
Just like what Dr Ang has mentioned, dark-colored menstrual blood can be considered normal, and you do not have to worry if you do not experience other accompanying symptoms. However, from a holistic approach, a TCM practitioner would inquire further to find out if you suffer from men...
16 Nov 2018
Thanks for the D2D. For patients undergoing acupuncture, some may experience slight bruising or bleeding after acupuncture. If this occurs, apply small pressure to the affected sites and the slight bleeding should cease soon after, bruising and soreness will usually disap...
17 Sep 2018
Hi Jing Ni, Natural does not always equate to safety. We have heard of poisonous plants and fruits in the nature which can have detrimental effects when consumed. However, the herbs that a physician prescribes has been used over thousand of years and proven to be safe. ...
30 Aug 2018
In TCM theory, chronic fatigue syndrome often indicates that the body lacks of “Qi”, “Yin”, “Yang” or blood. With “Qi” and blood deficiency, the organs in our body lacks of nourishment to work efficiently, leading to fatigue. Some pati...
23 Jan 2019
Coffee and tea both contain certain amounts of caffeine in them. although there is a lot of information on the possible affects of caffeine (harmful or beneficial), the official word is that caffeine does not reduce the chance of fertility. There is no solid medical evidence that...
15 Jan 2019
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