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