What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine is sometimes abbreviated to TCM or T.C.M. and it is a series of traditional medical and health practices that have been put to use in China and have developed very slowly, over a period of what some say is thousands of years.

Some of the natural medical practices that are a part of traditional Chinese medicine include acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage. Traditional Chinese medicine is a type of Oriental medicine, which is to say that it takes into consideration other traditions medical systems that evolved in East Asia such as traditional Korean medicine and traditional Japanese medicine.

Interrelated Aspects

What are the Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to alleviate the symptoms of many conditions and to promote a feeling of good health and well being.

Acupuncture works by triggering the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain and central nervous system. These chemicals, endorphins and serotonin have a strong affect on a persons mood and the feelings they have, they can make you feel down and in pain or happy and pain free.

The traditional method behind the treatment is to accentuate the flow of qi, which is believed to be the bodies natural flow of energy. Today qi is used more like a metaphor and acupuncture is one of the most well known, and most widely used treatments in a complementary fashion.

How is acupuncture carried out?

Acupuncture Point Categories

Acupuncture PointsAcupuncture points are each given their own special functions as they relate to a variety of different systems that together make up “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM). Let’s take a closer look at these.

The five transporting points system is defined as “the flow of qi in the channels using a river analogy, and ascribes function to points along this flow line according to their location.” The five transporting points system explains qi as a substance that bubbles up from a spring and gets larger in both width and depth and eventually resembles a river that is flowing in a downward direction from a mountain and into the ocean.

Jing-well

Jing-well points specifically are the area where the qi ends up bubbling upwards. The jing-well points are always without fail the last points on the channels of the yin or otherwise the first points according to where the channels of yang are located.

Chinese Acupuncture History

Acupuncture has an interesting history. It has had a difficult time gaining recognition both in the world where it began and the places that it has traveled to. It is believed to be at a practice that can be traced back at least three thousand years.

There are early notations of it in Japan where it is part of Kampo; early Japanese medical care which uses acupuncture but incorporates herbs as a big part of its medical care. These notations date back around fifteen hundred years. It is also mentioned in old texts on Korean medicine, which is known as chimsul, where they also practice acupuncture.

European Acupuncture

There are even questions whether a form of acupuncture was originally practiced in Europe over five thousand years ago based on archeological evidence found recently. Researchers believe this to be the case, that this form of acupuncture was well known before it popped up in China.

12 Meridians for Acupuncture

When trying to learn more about the acupuncture points that were used, a person will become aware that the original number of points was based on the days of the year. There were three hundred and sixty five points in the early period of acupuncture. The acupuncture points in a person’s body are positioned along the meridian lines. When preparing a map of the points one would begin with the fourteen original meridian lines.

There were this many lines because each one is connected to one of the organs of the body. There are also two more, one for the spine and the other representing the conception vessel of the abdomen. This is how it began, but times have added more knowledge to the acupuncturist’s abilities and now there are more meridians.

Rebalance is the Key

Fibromyalgia and Reflexology

Fibromyalgia is a biochemical disorder that produces general pain and fatigue. The pain can occur anywhere in the body, and is not usually confined to just one muscle group. The pain is often continuous and sometimes worse if you sit still or lie down. Too often it interferes with sleep patterns, making pain worse due to the less you sleep. It is a vicious cycle.

Moreover, anti-inflammatory medications do not help and analgesics do not do enough good in the scheme of things. Repetitive motions such as washing dishes or other household chores can cause worsening pain in those muscles. Unfortunately, this often results in patients being bed ridden and unable to function in their daily lives.

Nerve and Muscle Breakdown

The pain associated with fibromyalgia is supposedly a combination of nerve and muscle dysfunction. Fatigue often occurs from lack of restful sleep. People with fibromyalgia also have suppressed immune systems. O

ne common virus, the virus associated with the flu, is due to the release of chemicals called cytokines in the body. This is one that patients often have to deal with.

OCD and Hoarding

If you suffer from OCD and suffer from compulsive hoarding, you will know exactly what I am speaking of.

The obsessive thoughts of not having what you will need one day, “what ifs” and other scary thoughts fill your mind, to the point of paralyzation..

You find yourself keeping everything, just in case, you might need it again. The truth is that this behavior is very compulsive, time consuming, costly and very un-attractive to say the least. If you are ready for a change, here are some ideas to get you there.

    • Recognize that being a pack rat stems from a fear of not being able to provide adequately for yourself &/or family in the future. We hold onto things because they ‘may come in handy someday’. Let go of that fear.

    • Recognize that being a packrat is not budget-friendly. How many times have you bought multiples of the same item because you couldn’t find something you bought earlier in the year? It does you no good to squirrel things dozens of things away if you can’t find them when you need them.

Why does Drinking Alcohol Cause Hot Flashes?

alcohol and hot flashes go togetherMore than 40 million women are estimated to experience hot flashes each year. Everybodys know that prescribing hormones can reduce these symptoms in menopausal and perimenopausal women. Yet how much is really known about how hot flashes work, or why certain things, like alcohol consumption, trigger them? One recent paper, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, looked at the influence of alcohol consumption on hot flashes in midlife women.

The research was aimed at explaining an earlier finding, that moderate alcohol consumption of up to three drinks per month, actually reduced the severity of hot flashes by 25 percent. This effect disappeared in women who drank more than three drinks per month.