TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) AND ACUPUNCTURE.
Acupuncture is now a well known and acceptable form of 'medical' treatment practiced the world over.
It is necessary to put these topics in their proper context and perspective, firstly by discussing the origin and how of TCM, before embarking on the issue of acupuncture proper as a treatment technique in its own right.
Acupuncture is a branch/sister method of treatments, which belongs to a bigger and more comprehensive care system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine which originated from China.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, we understand, began several thousand of years ago, and it encompasses a variety of treatment methodologies of which acupuncture (more of this later) is just but one, all are based on the philosophy and thought of the then society, and propagated by the teaching and practices of eminent physicians, and then methodologically documented for prosperity. The foundation and practices of TCM remains appropriately and fundamentally intact.
The root philosophy, that guided TCM, and still does, includes the concept of Yin and Yang,that describes the natural laws they identified , the laws they said, the body must obey. It is when these laws are violated, or we deviate from them that disharmony and imbalances appear. One, may also be familiar with the concept of Chi. All these, combine to make TCM the only genuinely holistic approach system that pervades all treatment ideas in TCM. These root ideas, have given TCM the unique knowledge base, and guiding principles, making it far more involved and evolved, than modern western orthodox technologically based medicine.
Family of TCM treatments
These are the main treatment methods that belong to and are related to Traditional Chinese Medicine – Tuina, Moxibustion, Cupping, Chinese Herbs, Qigong, and Taichi (Meditation), Food cures, and of course Acupuncture. An acupuncture 'session' might include some of the above.