What Happens When You Visit a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner?
A TCM practitioner would assess your overall health by taking a health history, doing a tongue assessment, pulse assessment, and a physical exam, identifying any Imbalances or qi blockages.
If the practitioner identifies an imbalance in one of TCM’s organ systems, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the person has a physical disease in that organ.
The liver, for instance, helps to regulate the smooth flow of qi. If a person has “liver qi stagnation“, the energy is said to be blocked, resulting in irritability, anger, or depression, a bitter taste in the mo
uth, indigestion, and a pulse that practitioners describe as “wiry”.
A “kidney yin deficiency“, on the other hand, is associated with a dry mouth, hot flushes in the afternoon or evening, tinnitus, and forgetfulness. The tongue is usually reddish in colour with little or no tongue coating.
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What Is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine bases its theories of illness and treatment on climactic factors, dietary habits, psycho-emotional disorders and lifestyle. It is one of the few theory-based traditional medical systems to produce thousands of writings documenting its practices and remaining in continuous use since 500 BCE.
Traditional Chinese medicine is a style of traditional medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy. It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach.
As a result, the influence of Chinese medicine over the last two and a half millennia has been so great that every indigenous medical tradition in Asia draws its knowledge either completely or in part from China’s traditional medicine. Sadly, the West’s understanding of this living knowledge is from post Communist, not traditional, Chinese medicine. Teachers and curriculum are brought over from schools in China based on the post 1949 politically correct model of Chinese medicine. Unaware of the dramatic changes that have happened over the last 50 years, the West is not drawing from the last of the traditional practitioners left in China. For Chinese medicine to truly demonstrate its efficacy as it becomes accepted in the West, it is vital this aging generation is documented so their knowledge and experience helps shape integrative healthcare today and continues to educate the Chinese medical practitioners of tomorrow.
Chinese medicine is really about understanding the patient beyond their chief complaint to fundamentally shift the system back into a cycle of health and well being. We build a close relationship with our clients to profoundly affect health today and in the long term.
What Makes the Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach Unique?
Rooted in a philosophy known as Taoism, traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory that all of the body’s organs mutually support each other. Therefore, in order to be healthy, an individual’s organs (and their functions) must be in balance. This balance is attained, in part, by harmonizing yin and yang, two opposing but complementary energies thought to affect all life.
Another theory in traditional Chinese medicine is that vital energy (called “qi” or “chi”) flows throughout the body via certain pathways (or “meridians”). According to this theory, disease and other emotional, mental, and physical health problems develop when the flow of qi is blocked, weak, or excessive. Restoring the flow of qi is considered essential to balancing the yin and yang and, in turn, achieving wellness.
To discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dr Lyn Stevens call 02 4655 1688