What is Chinese medicine?
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is thousands of years old and has changed little over the centuries. Its basic concept is that a vital force of life, called Qi, surges through the body. Any imbalance to Qi can cause disease and illness.
Ancient Chinese believed that humans are microcosms of the larger surrounding universe, and are interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. Balance between health and disease is a key concept. TCM treatment seeks to restore this balance through treatment specific to the individual.
It is believed that to regain balance, you must achieve the balance between the internal body organs and the external environment. This idea of the balance has also been realized by some of the western medicine physicians such as famous pathologist Rene Dubos. The following quote demonstrates how the ancient eastern wisdom and modern western medicine came to the same conclusion.
“The states of health or disease are the expressions of the success or failure experienced by the organism in its efforts to respond adaptively to environmental challenges”
(Rene Dubos, Pathologist, 1965).
Chinese Medicine Modalities
Traditional Chinese medicine treatments that aim to regain balance may involve:
- Herbal remedies
- Moxibustion (the burning of herbal leaves on or near the body)
- Cupping and Manuel therapy
- Movement and concentration exercises such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong (a form of meditation)
If you are thinking of using TCM, a licensed TCM practitioner is your safest choice. TCM should not be used as a replacement for conventional or allopathic treatment, especially for serious conditions, but it may be beneficial when used as complementary therapy especially for chronic diseases. You should inform your doctor if you are using TCM.
Choosing a TCM practitioner
If you are looking for a natural holistic solution for your health, Dalu can help you with his TCM treatment. Book an appointment online or call 647-779-1919 to start your journey to better health.
Dalu Wang, R.TCMP, R.Ac, RMT has been practicing Chinese medicine and manual therapy for over 10 years. His clinical focus are Hormone/Women’s health, Digestive health, Immune health and Allergy, Pain management. His treatment addresses Neuro-endocrine function , circulation and inflammation, which underlie many chronic diseases across multiple organ systems such as endometriosis, IBS, SIBO, allergy, adult acne, migraine, severe cramps and heavy bleeding, menopausal.