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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 people 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, colour, 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 odour.
  • 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 

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Vertigo refers to the feeling of having a dizzy sensation. In TCM, it is categorized as "眩晕“(xuan yun). Patients often feel dizzy and get better when they close their eyes or when they rest. In severe cases, they may feel that their world is spinning, causing them to lose bala...
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From the TCM point of view, gastric problems are closely related to the function of spleen and stomach. These two organs are responsible for the transformation and transportation of the food that we consume. When the spleen and stomach is weakened, it can lead to many digestive issu...
2 Jul 2019
I'm sorry to hear that your IVF was unsuccessful. You can consider TCM herbal medication and acupuncture to improve egg quality and embryo development. TCM herbal prescription is customised according to an individual’s body constitution. It consists of several herbs combined ...
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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 ...
30 Jun 2019
Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation during the reproductive years. Lifestyle changes, mental and emotional stress, excessive exercise or excessive weight loss can cause secondary amenorrhea. Health conditions such as underactive thyroid and Polycystic ovary syndrome...
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12 Jun 2019

What Is Pain Management With Traditional Chinese Medicine?

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Pain is often caused by tissue damage, and may be acute (mild, severe, or recurring) or chronic (persisting over weeks or months).

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pain management is customised to the individual.

Finding out the patient's body constitution type is crucial to a TCM physician. TCM diagnostic principles are used to assemble a patient's medical history, signs, and symptoms and make a TCM diagnosis. Acupuncture, cupping, tui na, and/or herbal medication is given to the patient depending on his or her physical constitution and condition.

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This TCM Physician Explains How Acupuncture Can Help With Diabetes

This TCM Physician Explains How Acupuncture Can Help With Diabetes

Diabetes is often managed through Western medicine, insulin, and blood sugar monitoring to treat and monitor for chronic problems brought on by the disease. However, did you know that Traditional Chinese Medicine can also be used to help with diabetes and other similar illnesses?

Registered TCM physician Chen Yan Fang has a strong passion for gua sha, tui na, and other kinds of TCM treatments. She was featured on DoctorxDentist Sessions recently and gave her tips on the philosophy of TCM treatment as well as methods for managing diabetes. Here's what she said.

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Vocal cord paralysis is also known as recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis. The recurrent laryngeal nerve controls the muscles of the voice box, when the nerve is injured, patients may experience problems with their speech, breathing and swallowing. As the left recurrent laryngeal ne...
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