Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, can be traced as far back as 1000 BC, where stone acupuncture needles were believed to be used. Texts from that period also talked of Yin and Yang and other concepts. The first written work on TCM is titled the Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic, Huangdi Newijing (Gascoigne 11). This book was written in 300 BC, but entries date back to the early 2700's BC. The book is still used in universities of Chinese Medicine around the world and is often called the bible of TCM. Today, TCM is still thriving in China and all of Asia. In recent years, information on TCM has become available to people in the United States. The United States has several schools of TCM, and it is now much easier to buy the necessary
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Actually there are quite a few treatments for disease in TCM. I guess the best way to start would be to list all of the major treatment therapies. "There are four basic healing techniques that the practitioner may suggest as treatments: acupuncture and moxibustion, dietary therapy, herbal therapy, and Qi Gong [pronounced "Chi Kung"] exercise/meditation " (Cohen 76). Each therapy procedure can be further subcategorized to specify the appropriate treatment plan (Gascoigne 98).
Acupuncture and moxibustion, what are they exactly? Well let's start with acupuncture. "Acupuncture is the art of inserting fine, sterile, metal filiform needles into certain points along the channels and collaterals (tributaries of the channels) in order to control the flow of the Qi" (Cohen 76). There are 365 basic acupuncture points in TCM, but most practitioners use around 150 of these points. The points are located along your "12 primary channels, eight extraordinary channels, and 15 collaterals" (Cohen 134). The Channels and collaterals are believed to regulate Chi throughout you body. Acupuncture is used to try and balance the Yin and Yang in your body. Acupuncture is not just used to cure diseases, but to prevent them as well. Many people have regular acupuncture "tune-ups" to help keep them healthy. It