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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has formed a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses for more than 2,000 years. While it can remedy ailments and alter states of mind, TCM can also strengthen recuperative power, immunity, and the capacity for pleasure, work and creativity.

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What are the functions of TCM?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has formed a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses for more than 2,000 years. While it can remedy ailments and alter states of mind, TCM can also strengthen recuperative power, immunity, and the capacity for pleasure, work and creativity.

Another belief of TCM is a life force or energy, known as Qi ("chee"). For the body to be healthy, Qi must be balanced and flowing freely. Illness may occur when there is too little or too much Qi in the meridians, or when the flow of qi is blocked. TCM is aimed at promoting the flow of Qi.

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What treatment modalities of TCM are there?

A variety of treatment modalities are used to promote health and treat the disease. Commonly used therapies include as below:

▪ Top Seven TCM Therapies ▪ Acupuncture and acupressure
▪ Herbal medicine
▪ Chinese massage, called tui na
▪ Exercise like tai chi and qi gong
▪ Moxibustion
▪ Nutrition
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What are the side effects of TCM?

Because TCM involves several types of treatment, we mainly list the possible side effects of individual treatments as below:

•Acupuncture. This therapy doesn't usually have side effects. Some people may experience faint or feel dizzy, which most common with the first treatment. Other side effects also include pain or bleeding at the needle sites (in rare case) and bruising around the punctured point. Very rarely, serious side effects like infection or heart damage may occur due to poor practice.

•Herbal medicine. Each type of herbal remedy may have its own side effects. Some are safe to use and don't have any noticeable side effects, but some are poisonous to humans and can have serious or severe side effects. Always tell your doctor if you want to use any type of herbal remedy.

•Chinese massage. Most people don't have side effects from having a Chinese massage. They may feel a bit light headed, tired or thirsty afterwards. It is necessary to drink plenty of water after the treatment in order to get rid of toxins released from body tissues during the massage.

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What are the features of TCM?

tcmAcupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine that is most commonly used to treat pain. It involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at specific sites of the body, which aids the flow of "clean" energy into the body to release the energy that is promoting the disease and kidney function.

Acupressure can be used to promote kidney health through applying manual pressure to several specific points on the foot, ankle, etc.

Herbs can be used to reduce fluid and swelling as well as restore the health of the kidney. These herbs are like varuna, tribulus, red sandalwood, shigru, punarnava, etc.

Chinese massage, or tui na uses a variety of hand techniques and passive and active stretching to increase the circulation of Qi and blood to support the functions of kidney meridians, with goals of boosting the body's inherent immune system.

Tai chi is a series of movements done either very slowly or quickly to help move the body's Qi. People use tai chi a way to combine meditation and movement to improve and maintain health. Qi gong involves different movements including raising and lowering the arms, moving the head from side to side, etc. This can help maintain good health and quality of life.

Moxibustion is the method of burning Mugwort (Ai Ye) or other herbs on, around, or above acupuncture points. It can help activate immune functions and revive of organs that have lost their capacity to function optimally.

Nutrition. For kidney disease, traditional Chinese medicine promotes the intake of raw foods, a reduction of meat and spinach in the diet, and the elimination of chocolate and dairy, including eggs. 6~8 glasses of waster are recommended every day.

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What are the TCM facts?

•The World Health Organization estimates that 4/5 of all people in the world still rely chiefly on traditional medicines, mostly herbs and plants.

•Most Chinese hospitals have at least one acupuncturist and herbalist on the staff and dispense more than 300 different kinds of medicinal herbs. The number of TCM doctor rose from 150,000 in 1985 to 250,000 in 1995 to 270,000 in 2005, while the number of Western doctors rose from 550,000 to 1,250,000 to 1.7 million in the same period. In 1945, it was estimated that there were 800,000 traditional Chinese doctors in China.

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Dos and donts of TCM

People have any medical conditions such as cancer, or are pregnant or breastfeeding must check with their doctors before starting any type of TCM. Some herbs may interfere with other drugs they are taking. Taken in large quantities, some herbs can cause miscarriage. Therefore, it is very important to let the doctor know about anything they are given by a TCM or herbal practitioner.

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