Traditional Chinese Medicine is not a new discovery as it’s been existing for a while, dating back around two thousand years ago. This medicine was recently recognized by the World Health Organization as a potent treatment medium. Despite being recognized by this health body, there are several debates as to the effectiveness of this medicinal medium. Traditional Chinese medicine works with the concept of Qi which is said to be life’s vital force that moves within a body like an electric charge. An imbalance to this Qi in the body will cause a person to become sick. Ying and yang are counter forces of the Qi that causes a shift in the balance of flow.
Chinese believe that it is important for a body to be in balance with its environment, with water, fire, metal, and wood being the main constituents of an environment. Misbalance is what causes sickness and this is what TCM takes away. Restoring the balance of a body with elements of life is done by utilizing different TCM activities which include acupuncture, cupping, massage, moxibustion, and some concentration exercises. These procedures are thousands of years old and are used for treating different ailments successfully. TCM doctors are now widely increasing as more people learn its application even in western countries.
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that is being used widely due to the concentration of researches on it compared to the others. It is the process of using needles to pierce the skin in strategic places on the body. This process allows the stimulation of spots that have nerve concentrations to influence the body’s function by stimulating the immune system. Balance is maintained in the body after stimulation, causing the Qi to flow properly in the body. This method of healing is common for treating body aches but is effective in treating other conditions like depression, cramps, morning sickness, and even allergies. Chronic pain, hypertension, and insomnia are other symptoms that acupuncture helps to relieve aside from many others.
Moxibustion is a treatment method that was tested and is proven to work for diverse ailments like constipation or chronic pain. In this method, dried mugwort leaves are burnt very close to the body until the skin is warm and red. The circulation of the body’s energy will consequently improve, giving chance to a balance factored by the incited nerve charge. Arguably, it is used for breaching babies before birth but, it can be quite a lot of work to be done outside the help of a professional. A range of issues can be cured using the moxibustion technique, which includes bowel troubles, cramps, nausea, fatigue and eczema, along with a few more.
To help the flow of blood, the method of cupping is a fine technique used by the Taoists. This process involves placing warmed glass cups on certain areas of the skin to create suctions that will, in turn, aid blood flow. It is ideal for conditioning the tissues since the method consequently relaxes the skin and even repair its cells. Modernization has helped some doctors resolve into using rubber pumps in place of warmed cups to create suctions. Acne, cough, and facial paralysis are some of the few ailments that can be cured using cupping.
Giving massage is a popular branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves rubbing or pressing the muscles to manipulate them. The hands, fingers, feet, forearms, and elbows are used for giving massages depending on the type of massage you are to receive. Different messages exist for the treatment of diverse ailments or for mere relaxation. Whatever purpose is behind the application of a message determines the type that will be given. It can be combined with acupuncture and moxibustion depending on what is to be treated.
Preparation of herbal remedies is a procedure that is effective in getting treated using traditional Chinese medicine. The preparation of a single herb or combination of diverse herbs is used to combat various health imbalances. Herbal remedies are efficient as they contain medicinal properties, but they can be dangerous due to their side effects and lack of specific dosages for specific age groups. In all, Traditional Chinese Medicine is effective but should be used to complement western medicine rather than use it as a standalone. This usage should, however, be under the supervision of a TCM professional.