|Meridians & Collaterals:||TCM All Meridians & Collaterals Introduction|
|Heat Clearing Chinese Medicinal Herbs||Cathartics|
|Dampness Removing Chinese Medicinal Herbs||The Interior Warming Chinese Medicinal Herbs|
|Qi Regulating Chinese Medicinal Herbs||Food Retention Relieving Chinese Medicinal Herbs|
|Hemostatic Chinese Medicinal Herbs||Chinese Resuscitative Medicines|
|Phlegm Resolving, Antitussive and Antiasthmatic Chinese Medicinal Herbs||Diaphoretics or Exterior Syndrome Relieving Chinese Medicinal Herbs|
|Chinese Medicinal Herbs for Calming the Liver to Stop Endogenous Wind||Chinese Medicinal Herbs for Invigorating the Blood and Removing Blood Stasis|
|Restoratives||Astringent Chinese Medicinal Herbs|
|Chinese Medicinal Herbs for External Application|
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE(TCM)
What TCM Does
How TCM Thinks
Each human is seen as a world in miniature, a garden in which doctor and patient together strive to cultivate health. Every person has a unique terrain to be mapped, a resilient yet sensitive ecology to be maintained. Like a gardener uses irrigation and compost to grow robust plants, the TCM doctor uses acupuncture, herbs and food to recover and sustain health.(Alternative Medicine) (Yin and Yang, Five elements)
Body Consituents ( Qi, Moisture, Blood, Spirit, Essence)
Human beings intermingle psyche and soma, Spirit (Shen) and Essence (Jing). Shen is the immaterial expression of the individual; and Essence represents the body's reproductive and regenerative substance. Chinese medicine(TCM) appreciates the impact of the unseen upon the visible. Even though it is impossible to touch or measure thoughts or emotion, they are acknowledged as inextricably linked to physiology.(Alternative Medicine) (Qi and Energy, Jing,Blood,Body Fluids and Shen)
TCM Organ Networks (Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung, Kidney)
For example, the Kidney Network includes yet extends beyond the job of managing fluid metabolism which people in the West ordinarily associate with the kidneys. The Kidney stores the Essence responsible for reproduction, growth, and regeneration. It controls the teeth, bones, marrow, brain, inner ear, pupil of the eye, and lumbar region, and is associated with the emotion of fear, the will, and the capacity for sharp thinking and perception. so problems such as retarded growth, ringing in the ears, infertility, low back pain, paranoia, fuzzy thinking, weak vision, apathy, or dispair are viewed as dysfunctions of the Kidney Network.
The Heart not only propels blood through the vessels, but harbors the Spirit and governs the mind. Symptoms as varied as anxiety, restless sleep, angina, and palpitations occur when the Heart is agitated.
The Spleen is in charge of the assimilation of food and fluids, as well as ideas, so when this Network is disturbed, indigestion, bloating, fatigue, scattered thinking, and poor concentration ensue.
The Liver is responsible for the storage of Blood, flow of Qi, and evenness of temperament - so when the Liver is thwarted, tension in the neck and shoulders, high blood pressure, headaches, cramping, moodiness, and impulsive behavior may follow.
Through the breath, the Lung sets the body rhythm, defends its boundaries, and affords inspiration. A troubled Lung might trigger tightness in the chest, skin rashes, vulnerability to colds or flus, rigid thinking, or melancholy.(Alternative Medicine)
TCM Body Climates (Wind, Dampness, Dryness, Heat, Cold)
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TCM Health and illness
All illness is understood as a consequence of either a depletion or a congestion of Qi, Moisture, and Blood. Depletion leads to weakness, lethargy, frequent illness, poor digestion, and inadequate blood flow. Congestion results in aches, tension, tenderness, pain, a distended abdomen, irritability, and swelling.(Alternative Medicine)
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Practitioners assess a person's health by feeling the pulsation at each wrist and by observing the color and form of the face, tongue, and body. This information is interpreted in the contest of a patient's present and past complaints, work and living habits, physical environment, family health history, and emotional life.(Alternative Medicine) (Looking,Hearing and Smelling,Questioning,Touching )
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Treatment may incorporate acupuncture, herbal remedies, diet, exercise, and massage. Duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present. Acupuncture is scheduled as often an three times a week or as little as twice a month. Response varies some need only a few sessions while others need sustained care to reverse entrenched patterns established over time. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required, individual progress being the yardstick.(Alternative Medicine)
TCM Herbal Remedies and Supplements
Just as soil becomes depleted through overuse, so the Qi, Moisture, Blood are eroded by overwork, emotional tension, mental strain, too much or too little exercise, and inadequate diet or rest, impairing the capacity of the Organ Networks to do their jobs.(Alternative Medicine)
How Herbs Work
Herbs assist the Organ Networks in the performance of their tasks. Particular herbs enhance the capacity of the Heart to propel the blood and soothe the mind, the Spleen to manage digestion and fluid equilibrium, the Lung to handle respiration and body's defenses the Liver to maintain resilient emotions an supple limbs, and Kidney to sustain sexual and regenerative power. Some herbal formulas address ailments such as colds, allergies, inflammations, or cramps with dramatic and immediate results, while others fortify body reserves over time.
For example, Jake's stuffy head and cloudy senses are relieved by herbs that dispel Heat and Wind. Herbs that strengthen the Lung and Qi will increase his resistance to colds and flus. Kate experiences menstrual distress as a result of congested Qi, Moisture, Blood in the abdomen - a traffic jam that results in sore and swollen tissue, a puffy face, irritability, lethargy, and cramps. Herbs that invigorate her circulation can dislodge the pile-up, relieving her symptoms.
Linda is concerned about the signs of aging that occur as Essence and Blood diminish. Herbs that nourish the Kidney and Liver replenish Essence and Blood so that healthy bones, supple skin, shiny hair, and an even temperament prevail while the fading of sexuality or hot flashes are prevented. (Alternative Medicine)
Formulas Combine Benefits.
Formulas are available in a variety of forms: crude herbs to be boiled into tea, liquid bottled extracts, ground herbs packaged in pills, and powders. Herbs, more like foods than drugs, can supplement our diet and fortify our constitution as well as prevent or remedy ailments. Sometimes long-term use of herbs is desirable whereas extended use of pharmaceuticals would not be healthy.(Alternative Medicine)
How Western and Chinese Medicine(TCM) Differ
Often Western medicine intervines only after crisis arise, whereas Chinese medicine(TCM) anticipates problems by sustaining our interior landscape. By correcting depletion and stagnation at earlier stages, greater problems later on are avoided.
Sometimes Western medicine has nothing to offer for nagging chronic compalints that Chinese medicine(TCM) can help. They two are not a substitute for each other. They are often complementary. Whereas Western medicine may heroically rescue us, Chinese medicine(TCM) can protect and preserve our health day to day.(Alternative Medicine)
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