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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.
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.
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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