Thursday, April 13, 2017

Diagnosing in TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine

The four main types of diagnosis used by TCM practitioners are:
Observation of tongue, face, skin, nails, and hair
Palpation of pulse and acupoints
Listening to sounds of the body such as the voice, a cough, and
digestive gurgles
Questioning about general health and lifestyle, your and your family’s
medical history, current symptoms, bowel health, and sleep habits

TCM therapies are designed to balance yin and yang and the five elements
and to ensure the free flow of qi.
You can think of the different aspects of TCM therapy as a tree with several
branches, leaves and fruits:
The soil in which a tree stands carries the nutrients that determine its
health and growth. So in TCM the primary therapies forming the basis of
health are dietary therapy and lifestyle advice. TCM recommends you eat
seasonal, fresh, and lightly cooked food. Eat moderately, chew your food
well, and select foods according to their yin and yang properties.
The trunk of the tree represents the body and both exercise therapies
and breathing. These are seen as important for maintaining vitality,
memory and a good flow of qi. These movement and breathing therapies
include tai chi and qi gong
The branches of the tree represent the limbs and body parts and the
different therapies that can be used to correct their imbalances and
stimulate healing. These include the hands-on therapies such as acupressure
and tui na massage and remedial therapies,
such as acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and herbal medicine
The leaves and fruits of the tree represent emotional and spiritual
health, and the therapies that support these such as meditation
You can consult a TCM practitioner for many different kinds of ailments but
common ones are: pain relief; joint and arthritic problems; respiratory conditions
such as asthma; skin problems such as eczema; headaches and
migraines; PMS; and insomnia.


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