Why turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Even in a country whose primary healthcare system is a modern medical one, the United States population is increasingly dissatisfied and turning to so-called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Complementary medicine includes practices that were once on the fringe (like chiropractic) but are now often used to “compliment” modern medical treatments. Alternative medicine includes those practice that people turn to as an “alternatives” to modern treatments. One CAM approach has portions of it that fall into both “complementary” and “alternative” categories, and its known as traditional Chinese medicine or TCM for short.

Today I’d like to offer an overview of what traditional Chinese medicine encompasses and how those areas of treatment approach might help you.

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Identifying the “root cause” pattern

At its foundation, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers the promise of homeostasis or balanced wellness. TCM examinations employ visual, olfactory, and physical touch steeped in thousands of years of theories, to identify the specific imbalances in your body that are allowing the poor health symptoms to exist. Once the imbalances are identified they are viewed and understood as a pattern which have different signs and symptoms attached to them.

For traditional Chinese medicine, pattern means a grouping of signs and symptoms that are matched with the patient’s specific pulse allorhythmia and tongue geography, skin tone and complexion, smells and more. What’s more, there are specific pattern-identifiable methods that will eradicate the health concern associated with the pattern of imbalance.

It’s like opening the cupboard and finding crackers, soup cans, tuna and cereal, and opening the refrigerator and finding salami, milk, mayonnaise, bread, celery, mustard and butter. The untrained eye would say there are a lot of unrelated things. The trained eye would see a complete recipe (pattern) for a tuna salad sandwich with soup and crackers amongst the clutter. TCM practitioners are trained to identify patterns of imbalance from the clutter of signs and symptoms.

Traditionally, medical diagnoses like migraine or asthma or arthritis are not used in traditional Chinese medicine. Today, however, because patients present these assessments to the TCM practitioner, they are used as a common language reference, rather than point of diagnosis. In traditional Chinese medicine, such diagnoses are irrelevant. The pattern is the vital thing that needs identifying and correcting. Once the pattern is identified the underlying or root cause of the health symptoms can be addressed to return the body to homeostasis. That is, to make the body healthy and hole so the health issue does not have an environment in which to thrive.

Treatment approaches

Treatment approaches in traditional Chinese medicine include:

Medicated diet therapy — knowing which foods to eat and which to avoid to help the situation;

Qigong energy work — self-regulating exercises and clinically administered treatments to balance energy in the body; to learn more, and try it, click here.

Herbal therapy — often taken in the form of teas and pills to balance organs, blood and fluids, resolve masses and remove obstructions from the body;

Bodywork — like Tuina massage, bone setting, stretching and strengthening exercises, to correct somatic imbalances that cause pain;

Meditation — mind/body exercises to quiet the mind, center the spirit, reduce stress and so on. Need help getting started? Try my video.

The main things traditional Chinese medicine can help you with are identifying what environment within your body is allowing ill health to take hold and become chronic, and what you can do specifically and synergistically to return the body to homeostasis (balance) and live at optimal health.

Traditional Chinese medicine is quickly gaining ground in America and is among the most used CAM approaches. If you have trouble ridding a chronic condition, give it a try!

Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.