Traditional Chinese Medicine is a type of holistic, natural health care system that dates back at least 2,000 years to the year 200 B.C. TCM is “holistic” and “natural” because it stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms and takes into account all aspects of a patient’s life, rather than just several obvious signs or symptoms.
TCM practitioners view the body as a complex network of interconnected parts (part of a larger concept known as Qi), rather than separate systems or organs.
imbalances in the body and primarily work in three major ways:
- Addressing a patient’s external factors and environment
- Helping patients relate to their internal emotions in a healthier way, including managing stress
- Improving someone’s lifestyle factors.
The most popularTraditional Chinese massage include Tui Na massage, An mo massage and Dian Xue massage.
- Tui Na massage - Tui Na massage is one of the most popular forms of Chinese massage in the modern day world. It involves deep and constant massage techniques that are applied all over the body in many repetitions,especially the back. Tui Na massage is excellent for treating ailments such as chronic pains, musculoskeletal problems, sprains and strains, arthritis, problems of the digestive system, liver and the spleen.
- An Mo massage - An Mo massage also incorporates many Chinese massage techniques but it differs from Tui Na massage in that it focuses on the entire body. An Mo massage is used to balance, calm and relax the entire body by using yang techniques.
- Dian Xue massage - Dian Xue massage uses acupressure techniques to stimulate the various pressure points across the body. It is used to provide pain relief and to stimulate the working of the various organs.
Five Element theory provides a framework in which to understand, diagnose, and treat all health issues—body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
The Five Elements include the internal organs, and the interconnected and interacting relationships between them often fall out of balance, creating health issues. TCM practitioners seek to re-balance these organ relationships with their treatment plans.
Spring: Wood (木) = Liver (肝) and Gall Bladder (胆)
Summer: Fire (火) = Heart (心) and Small Intestine (小肠) and secondarily, Sānjiaō [三焦, ‘’Triple Burner‘’] and Pericardium [心包])
Late Summer: Earth (土) = Spleen (脾) and Stomach (胃)
Autumn: Metal (金) = Lung (肺)and Large Intestine (大肠)
Winter: Water (水) = Kidney (肾) and Bladder (膀胱)