Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medicine developed in China more than 2500 years ago and includes many practices like acupuncture, Moxibustion, Chinese herbs, Cupping, Tuina, dietary therapy, etc. TCM is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism. It is used as a complementary or alternative medicine approach and is widely used in China but also in the West, where its popularity is growing up due its great results.
TCM states that Qi (vital energy) and blood, circulates through channels, called meridians, which have branches connected to the whole body, organs, muscles etc. Also the body function is based in two principles, Yin and Yang, as is stated in the Taoism. When the free flow of blood or Qi is blocked or the Yin and Yang are not in balance, the person is sick and in pain.
The use of acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat many types of conditions. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”. This report conclude that acupuncture can treat many kind of conditions, psychological, neurological, gynecological, musculo-skeletal conditions, etc.
In this medicine the persons is treated as a whole, every organ is related to an emotion (i.e Liver to anger) and all the organ are interrelated (i.e Kidney is the mother of Liver). The practitioner look not only to treat the cause of the illness but also the root. Even more, TCM is also a preventive medicine. When the pulse is taking and the tongue is observed, a practitioner can diagnose an illness before it happens and recommend a change of the diet the patient will need to avoid it.
Acupuncture has not side effects. It will never damage any organ or system. Even better, no matter what the needles are treating, the acupuncture session will produce a feeling of peace and relaxation to the patients.
Chinese herbs, another practice of TCM, has shown wonderful outcomes especially in internal medicine, even in difficult conditions like cancer, heart diseases etc. Recent research found the Chinese herbs can change the DNA in the patient.
It is time to be healthy
Mario Giacomo Marini
Doctor in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine .