Today’s guest post is a rather simplistic overview of Chinese medicine, its technique, uses, and applications. Perhaps it is a good starting point for diving into many other posts on this blog about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
The 17th century writer Voltaire said, “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” And while humorous, it also seems true as natural healing methods are some of the most effective in the world.
Two Primary Components of Chinese Medicine
Take for instance Chinese medicine, founded on the principle of Yin and Yang. The principle of Yin and Yang is that opposites attract, whether that is day and night, cold and hot, or peace and chaos.
There are two primary components of Chinese medicine. The first is herbal remedies, which uses common herbs to treat a variety of illnesses. While this type of remedy can stand alone, it is best used with the second, acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a way to naturally heal the body by stimulating certain points. An acupuncturist will insert thin needles under the skin or apply heat directly to the skin in order to relieve physical pain, strengthen Qi, and support the meridians.
Conditions Helped by Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine helps so many physical conditions that it is almost impossible to name them all. Here are just some of the many disorders that people have found relief from by using Chinese Medicine.
- SINUSES – Conditions in this category include things like sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and even allergies, and Chinese medicine helps all types of infections – viral, fungal, and bacterial.
- EYES – Vision disorders made better by Chinese medicine include optic neuritis, cataracts, glaucoma, optic atrophy, and macular degeneration.
- BRAIN & NERVES – Chinese medicine has helped people recover from strokes, osteoarthritis, and even lower back pain caused by sciatic nerves.
- HEART – Chinese medicine helps improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and improve heart rate.
Chinese Medicine and Accident Recovery
Whether you have experienced some kind of personal injury or some other type of trauma, like a car accident, on the job injury, or a slip resulting in a fall, Chinese medicine can be as effective as, or even more effective than, Western treatments.
After an accident, it is important to see a doctor right away. Even if you plan on using Chinese medicine, getting things like an x-ray or proper diagnosis can point you in the right direction for the healing process.
Some forms of Western medicine, like anti-inflammatory drugs, can actually slow the healing process because they prevent adequate circulation from taking place in the affected area. However, Chinese medicine promotes good circulation which speeds the healing process.
Using Chinese Medicine to Relieve Stress
People in today’s society are more stressed out than ever. And believe it or not how stressed out you are plays a big part in the condition of your health. People have even been known to die due to experiencing stress.
Instead of resorting to over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs to help relieve your stress, ask your doctor about using Chinese medicine. The benefits are many and can improve your overall physical well-being.
While stress causes the blood flow in your body to slow or even stagnate, Chinese medication can regulate your circulation and return your body to a healthier state. Both acupuncture and herbal remedies help to relieve stress.
Acupuncture and Physical Health
When doctors use the Chinese medicine modality called acupuncture to heal the body, they insert small needles into the skin at specific points. They believe that the stimulation caused applied by the needles will re-balance the flow of energy within the body.
Acupuncture points on your body stimulate your nerves, muscles, and other connective tissues. When these points are stimulated, your body’s natural painkillers kick in and relieve whatever pain it is you are feeling.
As long as the acupuncturist uses needles that are clean and sterile, there is little risk of infection from the procedure. In fact, there is very little risk of side effects from acupuncture at all!
Herbal Medicine and Physical Health
Did you know that the Chinese have identified more than one thousand herbs that act as natural healing remedies for illness and injury? Which herbs a doctor prescribes depends on the condition of the patient, but the combinations are endless.
Because no two people are alike, it is unlikely that two herbal concoctions will be exactly alike. In addition to the individual condition of each person, things like environment and medical history are also taken into account.
Herbal medicine is usually part of a normal healthy diet. In addition to being a natural medicine that can help heal the body, they also prevent some forms of disease and improve one’s mental state.
Freelance author Benjamin Baker lives in Denver, Colorado which is one of the healthiest cities in the United States. In addition to diet and exercise, he and his wife use information from websites like www.westbendchiropractor.com to promote well-being in their three busy, growing teenagers.