Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded occurrences dating as far back as 2000 BC. It utilizes an empirically-based complex medical theory developed over thousands of years to enhance and assist the body’s natural healing ability.
The philosophy of Chinese medicine was founded largely on the principles of Daoist and Confucian Ideology. Confucianism emphasized the need to preserve the wholeness of the body throughout life and death. By heavily condemning the study of anatomy and surgical practice, it gave rise to the emergence of alternative forms of treatment - primarily acupuncture and herbal medicine - as mainstream medical modalities.
Daoist ideology describes the universe as a collection of interdependent, yet polar, natural forces – a fundamental principle represented by the symbol of Yin and Yang. Ideal health is achieved through harmony within oneself and with the environment. The Daoist concept that everything is interconnected provided a holistic base utilizing the idea that what happens in one part of the body will affect every other part. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as parts of an energetic whole. Daoist inclination to detailed observation resulted in rapid progress in the formulation of a theoretical base of organ systems (not just mechanical function), energetic connections within the physical structure, and comprehensive properties and uses of medicinal herbs.
Chinese medicine treats the individual rather than the dis-ease, and therefore patients presenting with the same medical condition may be given different treatments. Emphasis is on finding and treating the root cause of the illness rather than just symptoms. The result is a complex, versatile, and effective healing art that, for centuries, has been a complete form of medicine able to treat any ailment short of emergency medical situations.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered a standardized version of the classical Chinese medicine practiced before the Chinese Revolution, combining ancient medical practice with modern research. TCM utilizes a variety of techniques including: acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, bodywork (Tuina and massage), exercise and energy work (Tai Chi and Qigong), as well as dietary recommendations. Note: the term “Oriental Medicine” is a a catch-all phrase for styles of acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and exercise that have been developed and practiced throughout Asia and worldwide. As a complementary healthcare modality in the United States, TCM is increasingly becoming recognized as a safe and effective means to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
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