and Chinese medicine differ in the way an illness or disease
is viewed. While Western medicine tends to treat the effects
of the illness or disease, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
emphazizes on uncovering and treating the root or roots of
treatment is more holistic. It is about balancing the body's
system (Ying/Yang) and increasing it's immunity to fight against
aspects of TCM
Western medicine which relies on a host of equipments and machineries
to help the doctor in diagnosis and treatment, TCM relies simply
mostly on the practitioners' skills, experience and power
to detect and treat
first aspect of TCM is observation. By looking at a patient's
complexion, posture, appearance and movement, the TCM practioner
is able to guage from first impression if a person is healthy
or make initial diagnosis of his problem.
TCM practitioner can diagnose also from the smell of a sick
person's breath or by listening to the sound of his breathing
or his cough. Internal problems are often manifested through
TCM physician will also ask the patient a series of questions
including their area of discomfort, diet, sleep and physical
a series of questions and answers, he will be able to further
narrow down the patients problem.
the patient's pulse is read, his tougue, throat and eyes are
examined to arrive at a full diagnosis. In TCM, the doctor is
able to diagnose a number of problems just by feeling the pulse,
a skill commonly known as 'ba mai' in Chinese.
checking the tongue or eye, he/she reinforces his intial diagnosis
base on the pulse alone.
a diagnosis has been arrived at, the patient is treated with
one or more of treatments including accupuncture, TuiNa (Massage)
or herbal prescriptions.These are the more common treatment methods
and they are natural, holistic and non invasive.
Chinese medicine, many discomfort are believed to be due to energy
channels or meridian points in the body being blocked or misaligned.
Accupuncture will unblock or re-direct these clogged or misaligned
channel by stimulating energy flow within the appropriate meridians
of the body.
other illnesses such as kidney,
diabetes or liver problems, Herbal Remedies may be recommended.
Herbal remedies in TCM is derived from teaching and books that
went back to hundreds and thousands of years.
olden days, herbal prescriptions are brewed with different kind
of herbs for many hours to get a
herbal drink. It is not uncommon to find such herbs being packed,
weighed and distributed in traditional Chinese Medicinal shops.
many similar herbal remedy effects is achieved through pills
or syrup produced in pharmaceutical factories.