Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been well established and been practiced in China and some other Asian areas for over 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese medicine system includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, Qigong, Tui Na, Tai Ji exercises, emotion care and diet therapy. Today, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have become more widely accepted as a most popular alternative healing approaches because it is natural, effective, noninvasive and side-effects free. A growing number of medical schools include some TCM courses in their elective curriculum in USA.
TCM defines disease as imbalance of Yin and Yang, impairment of Qi (energy flow) and Blood flow, disharmony of organs, conflict among physical, spiritual and social environments. The diseased conditions are categorized “Zheng” or “Pattern”. The “Pattern” is determined by analyzing the information collected via the “four basic diagnostic approaches”, namely inquiry, listening, observing and palpating including tongue and pulse readings.
Addressing Root Cause
All clinical signs and subjective symptoms (even with “normal” lab test results) should have their root causes and can be accessed by “four basic diagnostic approaches” mentioned above. Based on the different “Zheng” or “Pattern”, the treatment strategies may include one or more of the following: restoring Yin-Yang balance, comforting the disharmony organs, promoting Qi and Blood flow, tonifying the weakened organs, removing the excess, etc. This can be accomplished through acupuncture, herb medicine, Qigong, Tui Na, diet changes and so on.
We stress heavily on prevention. A maxim in TCM says, “A top healer treats those when the disease has not yet shown.”
We believe that each individual is unique in physiological constitution, personality, emotional activity and social-economic profile, there is no identical disease “Zheng” or “Pattern” in two patients with seemly similar or same clinical illness. Moreover, the “Pattern” can change in the same patient based on the interaction between energy Qi and the pathogenic factors in different time points. This requires the healer or doctor to have good “eyes”, in order to reach such a “real time” and personalized disease “Pattern” and, thus a personalized treatment regimen. TCM is therefore referred as an art of healing, which we believe will be continually explained and understood by new scientific discoveries.