Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dates back to before the 21st century BC. With over thousands of years of practice and development, Chinese medicine possesses a unique and integrated theory. It is a complete medicine system. More and more research of modern medicine proves that Chinese medicine has distinctive effects on most forms of ill heath.
There are many side effects caused by taking antibiotics, steroids, painkillers and other synthetic chemical drugs for long period or at high dosage. Today, people are looking for an alternative way to get fit and healthy. More and more people in Western countries use and prefer Chinese medicine. It is estimated that a quarter of the world’s population currently use Chinese medicine all around the world. In the United Kingdom, Chinese medicine has become the most popular complementary medicine. Almost half the population, 47% of those surveyed, have used or would consider the use of complementary medicine. According to the recent news on TV and radio, the NHS is now considering using Chinese medicine to help some problems: pain, Asthma, Eczema, etc. and to reduce the waiting list due to the shortage of doctors.
The fundamental principle of Chinese medicine is that the human body is considered as a whole system.
Yin & Yang
The balance of Yin –Yang (life forces) in a human body is the basic condition of human health, and thus the imbalance of Yin and Yang by any means will result in ill health. The purpose of Chinese medicine treatments is to analyse all symptoms and experiences of patients while taking into account age, sex, life style, physical and emotional traits and as well as other aspects of an individual. An overall picture of the patient is then set up. The medical treatment is to re-balance Yin and Yang in human body rather than to just treat symptoms.
The medical materials of Chinese medicine are natural plants and minerals. Compared to chemical synthetic drugs, Chinese medicine is safer and has fewer side effects.
Today, a well-trained practitioner not only uses the traditional way of diagnosis, but is also able to use other approaches integrated with conventional western medicine.
Chinese medicine has three basic forms of treatment – Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy and Acupressure. Chinese medicine treats both acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all age groups from young babies to the elderly and even pregnant women.