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 Traditional Chinese Medicine is a type of medicinal practice that has over 5000 years of history, originating from ancient Chinese times. TCM considers the laws of nature, the environment around us and the natural physical response of our body to help create a balance in order for the body to heal itself. The common methods of treatment are: Use of Herbal medicines, Acupuncture, Tui Na/ Massage, Cupping and Qi Gong. Our body has the capability to heal itself: Role of treatment is primarily to remind the body of its own natural function and how it’s supposed to be functioning so it’s restored to its original healthy functioning state.

The natural balance of the body can be swayed because of emotional states such as stress, sadness, anxiety, stress, anger, fear or loss, heartache, poor nutrition, weather conditions, congenital factors, trauma or infections. This is important to understand because we can stop, assess our situations, change what we need to, listen to our body and create a change to avoid chronic imbalance.

Overall, TCM has a very unique approach to viewing the body, the mind, the soul and the environment.

There are 3 main concepts of TCM – Qi Theory, Yin Yang Theory & the 5 Elements Theory. In order to understand TCM, we have to understand these 3 theories.



Introduction 中医简介

1. Body as a whole 整体观念

The body is viewed as an organic entity that is whole and connected and self-regulating and self-healing. Core internal organs (Zang) are connected to their related external organs (Fu) through a complicated network of channels and collaterals.

The functional physiological activities of the Zang-fu organs may not be related, but they work in coordination. There exists an organic connection between the organs and their related tissues. Pathologically, a dysfunction of the zang-fu organs may be reflected on the body surface through the channels and their collaterals (e.g. pimples on skin). At the same time, diseases of body surface tissues may also affect their related zang or fu organs. Affected zang or fu organs may also influence each other through internal connections. Traditional Chinese medical treatment consists of regulating the functions of the zang-fu organs in order to correct pathological changes at the root of the problem. Our body & mind forms the basis of life with interdependence on each other, without each life ceases to exist.  


即五脏一体观;以五脏为中心,通过经络系统"內属于腑脏,外络于肢节"的联络作用,构成了肝、心、脾、肺、肾五个生理系统。 又形神一体观:形体与精神是生命的两大要素,二者既相互依存,又相互制约,是一个统一的整体。

2. Body & environment as a whole人与自然环境的统一性

The body is seen as an organic entity that is part of the environment (an even bigger organic entity) around us. The body constantly interacts with the environment. Hence any changes in the natural environment may directly or indirectly affect the body. For example, changes of the four seasons & different geographical environments can influence differences in body constitution. These environmental factors must also be considered when diagnosis and treatment are given because the body can react differently during different seasons. The principles of treatment are therefore expected to accord with the different seasons and environments. The way our skin behaves when we are in a hot & humid climate versus a cold and dry climate is different. So we must adapt our way of life to our external surroundings.


3. Same same but different 同病异治与异病同治

In Chinese medicine, different diseases may get the same kind of treatments and same diseases may be treated differently in different patients. This could due to the root cause of the disease being the same but manifested in different way in different bodies. Or it could also be due to the fact that same symptoms but with a different root cause and also due to the fact that different bodies have different constitution. Hence, it’s customized to the individual.




TCM Theories医学理论

1. Theory of Qi 精气学说

Qi is the energy that flows within us. It is the energy, a force that maintains life. Qi can be inherited and also produced by our body. The flow of Qi drives all our body functions: blood circulation, metabolism, exchange of energy, absorption of nutrients and basically life itself. Without Qi, there is no movement and hence life ceases.   It is commonly said: when Qi is abundant & flowing freely – one will not fall sick. Only with abundant Qi can a woman stay healthy, youthful and beautiful, like a flower in bloom.




气血充盈,通畅 百病不生。女人气血充足才能·容颜常驻,貌美如花.

2. Theory of Yin & Yang 阴阳学说

In Chinese philosophy, the expression of yin and yang translates to the understanding of opposite forces that have an interconnected, complementary and interdependent relationship. These opposite forces complement each other and cannot exist without their opposite. There is no Yin without Yang and there is no Yang without Yin. 

The body's organs and tissues can be classified according to yin yang theory based on their functions and locations. Good health is achieved when yin and yang are in harmony. Application of Yin and Yang theory in TCM helps us to harmonize our body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and also harmonize our individual energies with nature.

The yin organs include the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys. The function of the yin organs is to produce, transform, regulate and store fundamental substances such as Qi, blood, and body fluids. The six yang organs are made up of the gall bladder, stomach, small intestine, large intestine & bladder. The yang organs are mainly responsible for digesting food and transmitting nutrients to the body.






3. The 5 Elements Theory五行学说

The 5 elements theory: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element generates () and controls () and is generated and controlled. Each element has its complementary force and cannot exist without the others. Each organ is classified into an element. When there is imbalance of a particular element, this results in the manifestation of disease or symptoms. The aim of treatment is to achieve a balance & harmony to maintain a healthy state.  

五行学说 即用木、火、土、金、水五种物质及其运动变化,以五行哲学范畴来概括客观世界中的不同事物属性,并用五行相生相克的动态模式来说明事物间的相互联系和转化规律。五行学说中以五脏配五行即:肝与木、心与火、脾与土、金与肺、水与肾。五脏与五行相生相克应保持相对平衡和稳定,和谐相处。如果五脏与五行发生失调,出现太过、不及或反侮,也会致疾病的发生,这对于推断疾病的好转和恶变,治疗方法,提供了充足依据。中医主要运用五行学说阐述五脏六腑间的功能联系以及脏腑失衡时疾病发生的机理,也用以指导脏腑疾病的治疗。