Just as Western medicine has been influenced by European philosophy, so has Traditional Chinese Medicine been influenced by the Ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism. In order to properly understand Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is necessary to understand Taoism. It is impossible to understand TCM from a western medicine, or western philosophical starting point. Taoism is a system of sciences, not a religion.
Chinese Medicine / Taoist Medicine
The earliest recorded use of acupuncture dates from 200 BCE. Knowledge of acupuncture spread from China along Arab trade routes towards the West.
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Cupping is a type of bodywork therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, like an inverse of massage, and with the same effect as a massage but faster and more effective. The suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force, or vital energy. The suction releases tight muscles and this creates instant pain relief. The pain relief from one cupping treatment continues to take effect for up to 24 hours after the treatments. Cupping is one of the best pain management tools that exist, in terms of safety and effectiveness.
Herniated discs and acupuncture
Acupuncture is rooted in the belief that everyone has an energy force called Qi When the Qi is blocked or unbalanced, your body may respond with pain and illness. Traditional acupuncturists aim to free up the acupuncture channels, by inserting extremely thin needles into specific points in your body's meridians. Based on your specific diagnosis, … Continue reading Herniated discs and acupuncture