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Chinese medicine -what it actually is and why is it so good

Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, is one of the approaches to helping people with health problems. It is a sophisticated and well-functioning system complex healing system. It dates back over 3000 years and has developed continuously with time.

It is based on the Taoist philosophy of balancing two opposing principles of yin and yang. This is a fundamentally different point of view on humans than it is in Western medicine.

The main goal of TCM is to prevent the development of the disease by balancing two opposing components in the body and to achieve the necessary harmony within a person. 

Health is perceived as an internal balance, as well as a balance between the organism and the environment in which we live. The basis diagnostics are mainly body observation, pulse reading as well as tongue diagnostics, but of course, there are more approaches. The most important treatment methods include phytotherapy (herbal therapy), acupuncture (stimulation of acupuncture points and pathways with needles, moxibustion, seeds, laser, and similar tools), Chinese massages (tuina, guasha), dietetics (daily diet based mainly on the constitution of a person and season) and last but not least exercises (qigong, taiji but also yoga).

In TCM, the body is understood as a highly interconnected system of interacting organs, between which qi flows through the meridians. Qi should flow freely through the body, and if it is not, problems may occur after a certain time.

Usually, people go to a therapist when some symptoms of a disease appear. The therapist diagnoses the patient and chooses the treatment depending on many factors. It does not focus just on the particularly located problem but sees the patient in a complex concept.

In acute life-threatening conditions, such as heart attack or post-accident conditions or any other acute condition has western medicine clearly its place. On the other hand, as TCM is focused on prevention and a healthy lifestyle, the heart attack might not even appear at all. 

As I mentioned, the basis of traditional Chinese medicine is prevention. As one Chinese classic said, treating diseases only when it breaks out is like “digging a well when we are thirsty or start making a sword when we are already attacked by the enemy.”

Try some TCM therapy and learn from an experienced therapist some wise advice on how to live according to TCM and prevent diseases.

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