Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM incorporates the clinical practices of acupuncture/acupressure, moxibustion and the administration of herbal preparations. Being one of the greatest disciplines of the world dedicated to the advancement of the human condition, TCM evolved over many thousands of years not only in China but also in Japan, Korea and more recently has enjoyed the contribution of many from the west including western trained medical doctors.
TCM is becoming more accepted as a viable treatment for many conditions, and this is being supported by scientific studies and research. As acupuncture treatment is a procedure like psychotherapy or perhaps surgery and does not involve drugs, therefore is difficult to study using the gold standard of randomised control trials. Nevertheless millions around the world use it and attest to its efficacy, including children and animals which somewhat negates the claim that it is only placebo.
TCM involves the manipulation of the energy body which the Chinese call qi (chi) and the Indian or Hindus call prana. According to TCM energy moves around the body through invisible pipes or rivers called meridian and can and generally does become stuck. This stuck energy ultimately impacts the physical body causing imbalances and ultimately ill health.
TCM practitioners view the body in an entirely different way to western medicine. TCM practitioners refer to the body in terms of blood and qi, yin and yang, excess and deficiency, hot and cold, 5 element constitution and personality. TCM also relies heavily on the concept of spirit, which is demonstrated in the naming of many of the acupoints such as Spirit Gate, Heavenly Pillow, Windows of Heaven and Room of Will.
While western medicine will likely treat every case of GORD (gastro oesophageal reflux disease) in almost exactly the same way a TCM practitioner will treat each case based on the patients considered physiological dysfunction as well as personality and emotional state.
TCM treats the body through the spirit, which is why it is so subtle and requires time and patience. It nurtures the advancement of the patient as a person, which is why the patient often reports emotional as well as physical changes or positive changes in other areas not specifically targeted. It focuses on harmonizing the dysfunctional state upon which the presence of physical symptoms is predicated. The suppression of physical symptomology in chronic conditions is to perpetuate ignorance and should be contrary to the highest purpose of medicine. The purpose of pain and illness is the spirits attempt at drawing attention to some aspect of self expression that is lost or supressed.
"A man who reviews the old, so as to find out the new, is qualified to teach others"