Natural Remedies — Traditional Chinese Medicine
“According to traditional Chinese medicine, disease arises from imbalances in the body due to unhealthy factors in the natural environment and one’s lifestyle. General symptoms like dry mouth or film coating the tongue are signals that certain bodily systems are out of whack. While these signs may be ignored by Western doctors more focused on … Continue reading Traditional Chinese Medicine Article: Online Wall Street Journal
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According to Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classics (Huangdi Neijing), the text book of Chinese Medicine, written more than 2000 years ago: “The highly skilled doctor is able to treat the disease before its occurrence.” How? The doctor practicing the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can observe the patient’s whole body’s signals and signs by watching the patient’s … Continue reading Preventive Medicine is Superior to Disease Treatment
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Respiratory diseases are pathological conditions which affects organs and tissues of the respiratory system. They can affect the upper respiratory tract, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli, pleura, pleural cavity, the nerves and the muscles related to the respiratory system. They can range from mild (as common cold) to severe (as lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, bacterial pneumonia).
According to eastern medicine, diseases are caused due to the imbalance (imbalance of yin and yang) / disharmony of the body. Qi is responsible for maintaining this balance and the factors which affects Qi causes the disharmony. External factors (weather changes) and internal factors (emotional changes) affect Qi and causes disharmony resulting in occurrence of diseases.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that the universe is interconnected. Therefore they think that changes in the weather will affect humans. Changes of the weather are characterized by six external energies that causes disharmony to the body. These are called the six pathogenic factors:
Western medicine (conventional medicine) is a type of medicine based on philosophical foundations of western thinking. It is developed through research and is scientifically proven. According to western medicine the human body is only a collection of its parts. And western medicine believes that by studying these parts individually, the concept of the human body can be well understood. For treatment of disease, western medicine uses drugs and surgery. (It doesn’t give much concern to factors like nutrition, the wellness of the mind etc.)
Eastern medicine (traditional / indigenous medicine) is a type of medicine which was practiced in the east for a very long time. (For over 5000 years) This is based on the trial and error method. And was improved and brought to the standard now, mainly through experience. (Scientific research is limited.) It believes that the human body can only be understood through the synergistic functioning of its parts. Chinese medicine is one of the oldest types of eastern medicines. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that an ailment is caused due to the imbalance of the body. (Yin and Yang theory) This theory states that if the body is not physically, mentally and spiritually balanced illness will occur. A dynamic balance between Yin and Yang should be present to be healthy. Therefore treatment of disease in traditional Chinese medicine mainly focuses in bringing the body back to equilibrium. This is achieved through acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, Tui Na massage, herbs, diet, exercise and lifestyle advice.