The most popular types of TCM include the natural, herbal remedies and acupuncture. Other popular options include massage, cupping, therapy and moxibustion.
The way TCM works differently from modern or western medicine is that it looks at the entire human body as a whole and finds out how illnesses are caused and treated in a different way.
TCM views our health and ability to form illnesses or diseases as a sign of imbalance in the body.
Essentially, when “yin” and “yang” are in harmony. It is believed that our body functions off of Chi, which is continuously circulating throughout our body by using focal points known as “meridians.”
Nowadays acupuncture is used widely in the west, whereas other methods of TCM are still not as common to come by. Practitioners are able to bring TCM to people around the world and they spend many years training, earning qualifications and continuously learning about their craft.
TCM requires a one-on-one session because it is a very personalized treatment.
It is necessary to undergo an evaluation before having treatments from a TCM practitioner. The evaluation will include observation of the patient (such as viewing the condition of the tongue), interviewing, touching (such as to monitor the heart rate) and sense of scent and hearing.
Chinese herbal medicine using plants, animal byproducts, minerals, flowers and plenty of natural resources in order to heal the body. Plants entire beings, from their flowers to their roots and seeds, are used with herbal medicine and are typically given to the patient in capsulated, loose leaf, essence or powder form.
The other popular practice of TCM is acupuncture, which uses designated points on our body in which a thin needle penetrates the skin and encourages proper flowing of Chi by getting rid of blockages.
Cupping is a method that uses a warm/hot cup to make a point of suction on the skin to remove toxins. It is typical to have a back, or area, full of little cups during a cupping procedure.
While TCM is still not as popular as modern medicine, those that live by its rules and follow its recommended procedures are satisfied with the treatment it provides.
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