Chinese Medicine

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Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient form of medicine.

It’s based mainly on preventing illness, although it’s helped many people find a cure for a wide variety of health problems.

Chinese medicine uses herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, and diet to promote health.

It especially emphasizes changing lifestyle habits.

The key to understanding Chinese medicine is to understand the idea of balance.

The goal in using any of the tools of Chinese medicine, including herbs, is to supply your body with what it needs to regulate the flow of chi, or vital energy, and to promote a state of equilibrium, or balance, and harmony.

Once balance is attained, you regain health.

For centuries, the Chinese taught how to achieve balance in life using the idea of yin and yang, present in human beings and all of nature.

Yang is characterized as heat and light; yin as shadow and cold.

Dryness and summer are yang; wetness and winter are yin.

Chinese philosophy also classifies energy as yang and blood as yin.

A person with an excess of yang might be overweight, have an angry temperament, and high blood pressure.

This person would benefit from foods like asparagus, bananas, cucumbers, soy products, and watermelon.

A person with a quiet personality, who is listless or tires easily, may have an excess of cooling yin.

Foods recommended for this person include beef, garlic, ginger, lamb, and pepper.

Yin foods are cooling and have a cooling effect, whereas yang foods are warming.

Neutral foods include black beans, cabbage, carrots, lemons, and rice and other whole-grain foods.

These foods provide balance.

To stay healthy, you need to eat the right balance of yin, yang, and neutral foods.

Medicinal herbs are also seen in terms of yin and yang.

Chinese herbs are very powerful and should be used under the advice of a healer trained in traditional Chinese medicine.

There are more than 5,000 herbs in the Chinese pharmacopoeia, many of them unknown to Western practitioners.

Along with commonly known herbals, like astragalus (which enhances immune function) and reishi (the mushroom of immortality), traditional Chinese remedies becoming more widely available in the U.S. include cordyceps and velvet antler.

Cordyceps is a plant found only in certain isolated places in southwest China and Tibet, at elevations of more than 12,000 feet above sea level.

Chinese researchers have found more than 200 species of wild cordyceps.

Studies on this herb suggest it can reduce the ill effects of radiation treatment, lower blood pressure, reduce symptoms of asthma and other respiratory problems, increase energy levels, improve memory, and improve male sexual ability.

Velvet antler has been reported to increase energy, mental alertness, and sex drive; decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels; and reduce PMS symptoms.

Velvet antler also may be effective as an anti-inflammatory.

If you’re interested in exploring traditional Chinese medicine, we suggest you work with a qualified practitioner of Oriental medicine, certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) rather than simply buying Chinese remedies on your own.

The NCCAOM can help you to locate a qualified practitioner in your area.

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