The pain of cramps can be debilitating, causing you to miss work, cancel appointments and curl into a ball until the aches subside -- until you have to do it all over again next month.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), "there is no separation between the mind and body – they are interconnected and affect each other in health." This synergy is why your stomach hurts when you're anxious, or your neck aches when you're stressed, or your energy levels are depleted when you're depressed. For 3,000 years, TCM has provided "a safe and an effective help on the treatment of stress-related disorders," treating both the symptoms and causes of our bodies' imbalances. If you've reached your stress tipping point, consider these alternative treatments.
Previously, we have discussed the fundamental TCM concepts of Qi and the five vital substances, how the vital organs (zang fu) manufacture and refine the substances, and how the jing luo distributes them throughout the body. In this final part, we will discuss what factors cause disharmony in the overall body system, and how they can be eliminated through the various TCM methods, such as herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, tui-na (therapeutic massage), cupping, and so on.
In the previous part, we have discussed how TCM views the internal organs (zang fu) as an interconnected system, for converting food, water, and air into the five vital substances. In this part, we will discuss the jing luo, how they connect the organs to the rest of the body, and how acupuncture points, or "acupoints," are points along the jing luo, and how they can be stimulated to achieve clinical results.
You may sometimes see the term "meridian" used in place of jing luo. Meridian was a term used by French diplomatic scholar George Soulié de Morant who brought acupuncture to Europe in the early 1900s after spending years in China. We will be using the term jing luo, or "channel."
In the previous part, we have discussed the holistic view of how TCM views the body as an overall system, and illnesses are the way body's qi, or life energy, has gone out of balance in the form of the "five vital substances." In this part, we will discuss the "Zang Fu," or the vital organs, on how each of the principal organs of the body affects production and storage of the five vital substances (jing, qi, shen, xue, jinye).
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a fundamentally holistic view towards health, honed after 2500+ years of refinement. TCM asserts that a body should be a system in harmony. Any pains, illnesses, diseases, and such are disharmony in the body. TCM practitioner’s job is to assess the disharmony in the body and restore the balance of Qi in its various phases or manifestations.
Qi (pronounced "chee") can be thought of as "life force" in the body. One way to think of Qi is how it manifests itself as yin versus yang, and how a delicate balance is maintained. While one is born with some Qi (inborn/congenital qi), the rest of Qi is acquired through proper living.
Food and air are transformed by the body into "chest qi", with inborn qi added, then transformed into "nutritive qi", which nourishes the body, and "protective qi", which provides defence against outside "evils".
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM for short, is a form of medicine characterised by using herbs, pressure point stimulation, and other natural methods (including psychological coaching and diet adjustment) to help in a variety of ailments. It has its roots in thousands of years-old practises, predating even written documents, and continues to be relevant in modern medicine.
Spring is so close, and that means bright, sunny days, more time outside, flowers, and gentle rains. In Traditional Chinese Medicine circles, each season requires us to take personal measures to ensure we remain healthy, centred, and balanced.
People who wish to find some alternatives to traditional "western" medicine often view homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) the same as they are both considered "alternative medicine". However, their principles are as different as night and day.
You wouldn't knowingly eat dangerous, synthetic chemicals, so why slather them all over the largest organ of the human body? Consider opting for the more holistic path of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) herbs to help to heal your skin condition,-- backed by both research and thousands of years of history.