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Traditional Chinese medicine employs five main therapeutic techniques

which are said to have originated in different parts of ancient China.  These

techniques are:

1. Acupuncture, from the south of China, where the fine needles were used to

treat complex tropical diseases;

2. Herbology, from the west of China, due to the diverse flora that grew in that


3. Bleeding, from the east of China, where the sailors used lancets to treat salt

water induced skin infections;

4. Moxabustion, from the north of China, where burning herbs were

used to warm the body to overcome the effects of the cold climate;

5. Massage and Exercise, from the center of China, were therapeutic massage

called Tui-Na and exercises called Qi-Gung were used to alleviate joint pains

aggravated by the dampness of that region.




 The Philosophy of Chinese Medicine

Modern western medicine views the person as a chemical machine made up of

many small parts. Diagnosis thus often requires the use of a microscope and lab

tests to analyze these small components of the body. Traditional Chinese

medicine on the other hand, views the person as a small part of a larger

interactive environment. Our diagnosis relies on the perceptions of the

practitioner and patient as they explore the impact of climate, emotions, and

preferences on health and disease.

One very important concept in Chinese medical philosophy is the idea of

macrocosm/microcosm. This states that in our world, all smaller entities are

reflections of the larger universe. Thus our body reflects and is influenced by our

environment. No wonder then that changes in the outer world have a profound

effect on our health and well-being. Taking care of our planet, developing

peaceful and nourishing relationships, living in a sustainable way, following the

rhythm of nature, all these are inherent in a healthy life.


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