Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or simply Zhongyi (中醫) as it is known in China is a style of therapeutic practice originating from China. It is based upon the classical theories of an ancient tradition which stretch back into the mists of Chines history. After the cultural revolution of China there was a push to reinstate the previously outlawed practices of Chinese medicine and the resulting style was what we now know as TCM. Bringing together the theories and practices of Acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies TCM sought to bring classical theories in line with modern ways of thinking based upon western scientific medicine. The result is an effective therapy which works very well to provide treatment to patients who understand their disease from a western standpoint. This style of medicine has spread around the world and is the most common form of Chinese medicine which you will find if you go for Acupuncture or Tui Na massage.
TCM is based upon the theories of Yin and Yang and the Wu Xing or ‘five elemental phases’. It seeks to regulate the health of the body by restoring balance to the body’s inner condition. The movement of Qi is harmonised through treatment and pathogenic, disease-causing, forms of Qi are removed form the body. The practitioner diagnoses primarily through observing the patient, palpating the body at various locations and taking a thorough case history which seeks to provide a complete view of the patients condition. The patient is seen in relation to the environment within which they live and treatment is based upon additional factors such as emotional state and seasonal influences. Treatment in TCM works to harmonise the meridian system and treat the organs of the body. Through the modality of Acupuncture this is achieved through building a prescription of points which then have fine needles inserted into them.
Within the Xiantian College of Chinese Medicine we teach the TCM style of Chinese medicine and use this as a foundation upon which we then add more classical methods. Students are taken deep into the system with a heavy emphasis upon developing diagnostic skils as this is the skill upon which all treatment is hinged.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the meridian system as a network of pathways through which flow Qi and Blood. Treatment aims to regulate this flow and smooth out any stagnation which may have developed over the course of a patients life. Students study the location and therapeutic value of numerous points along these pathways as these become the key method of treating disharmony. Palpation and effective needle insertion are studied in great depth in order to help a student understand the nature of the human meridian system.