Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system of health care. It has its origin in ancient China and was based on ancient Chinese philosophy. The basic theory was established from 100 B.C. to 100 A.D. and has been developed and used for about 5,000 years. The core concepts of TCM suggest that disease is the result of imbalances between Yin and Yang or qi (pronounced "chee", the flow of the body's vital energy) and blood in the human body, and the human body is a microcosm of the basic natural forces at work in the universe. The most important concept in TCM is to keep the body in proper balance or harmony. When Yin and Yang are imbalanced in a particular organ or organs, or when Qi and blood within the meridian is blocked, the patient becomes ill.

Acupuncture is one area of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's a part of the holistic system of health care emphasizing harmony and balance between the human environment and the earth's environment. Acupuncture seeks to elicit a natural response with physical stimulation at certain points along the meridians of the body to encourage the healing process. Through the use of fine needles, or finger pressure and /or minute electric currents, acupuncture stimulates these points. This normalizes the body's energy field and restores balance between the body's organs and meridians.
The health benefits of acupuncture include improving the healing process, reducing inflammation, strengthening bodily constitution, regulating the functions of internal organs, improving circulation, building up the immune system and helping to produce a feeling of well being.

Acupressure is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and various different techniques have been developed as part of the evolution of Chinese medicine in general. Acupressure can be used over large areas of the body to promote the flow of Qi and blood through the meridian system. This approach can be invaluable for correcting minor channel disharmonies involving local stagnations of Qi and blood flow.
Acupressure concentrates on applying pressure to specific acupunctural points in order to achieve specific systemic changes in the body. For instance, different forms of pressure can be applied depending to tonify, to reduce or to achieve a more neutral, calming effect. The choice of points used in acupressure prescription is based on a differential diagnosis resulting from an exploration of the patterns of disharmony of the parts/region of the body.

Foot bath and foot reflexology can help break down the toxins that accumulate in the foot and whole body. One main stay of Chinese medicinal theories asserts that the foot is the "second heart" of the human body, because the organs, tissues and different parts of the body all have corresponding reflection zones on the foot which are connected with the channels and collaterals throughout the body.


Chinese Herbal therapy is another important aspect of traditional Chinese medical treatment. It constitutes the largest area of medical practice and has been in use in China for about 5,000 years. Herbs are well known to eliminate toxins, to regulate the circulatory system, and to relieve pain and swelling. They also promote restful sleep, stimulate metabolism, boost body immunity system and enhance general health. One of effective ways of self-treatment is to soak your feet in warm water with Chinese herbs in a tea bag for 15 minutes. After this, you begin with other treatments, like foot reflexology. This is a simple way of keeping in good health, building up energy and feeling happy. Herbal treatment has developed through the use of herbs and spices such as garlic, green onions, ginger and cinnamon. There are now over 5,000 basic herbal ingredients, about 1,000 of which are available in North America.
Herbs are classified into two major categories. The first category refers to the temperature characteristics of the herb, being one of: Hot, Warm, Neutral Cold and Cool. The second category refers to the taste property of the herb, being one of: Acrid, Sweet, Salty, Sour and Bitter.
The various combinations of temperature and taste give the herb its properties that can influences the Yin and Yang energy patterns of the body. Thus, there are herbs that will warm, herbs that will cool, herbs that will tonify, herbs that will move stagnation into activities, and so on.

Chinese food nutritional therapy dates back as early as 2000 BC and it is a practice of healing using natural foods instead of medicines. Food plays a central role in Chinese culture. Cooking good food for family members is a lifelong profession for most women. Children are brought up with some knowledge of the nature of their daily foods. Dietary restriction is commonly understood and observed. For example, the ideas of Yin and Yang used in the sphere of food and cooking are known by most Chinese. Yang foods are believed to increase the body's heat (eg. raise the metabolism), while Yin foods are believed to decrease the body's heat (eg. lower the metabolism). As a generalization, Yang foods tend to be dense in food energy, especially energy from fat, while Yin foods tend to have high water content. The Chinese ideal is to eat both types of food to keep the body in balance. A person eating too much Yang food might suffer from acne and bad breath while a person lacking Yang food might be lethagic or anemic. Eating well and healthy is almost a national obsession and definitely the most valued activity of family life.

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