Worth knowing about TCM
Much more than acupuncture
Today in the West many people know what acupuncture is. Surely you have heard of the Far Eastern method of treatment with the thin steel needles. Surely you know that Acupuncture comes from China. But did you know that TCM is far broader than acupuncture? In fact, acupuncture is only one of its methods. In total, the five different TCM treatments (pharmacotherapy, acupuncture, Tuina, Qigong, dietetics), are all based on the same theories and principles.
Most important: Pharmacotherapy
The Chinese medicine is the most important method in the TCM. About 80 percent of TCM treatments in China are carried out in this form.
An unfamiliar view of things
In another point, the TCM is different from all Western medical procedures: It has developed its own big theory building. For example, there is talk of "Yin" and "Yang" (pronounced "Jin" and "Jang"), the life energy "Qi" (pronounced "Chi") and many other exotic terms. Naturally modern scientific criteria do not withstand the terms and theories of the traditional Chinese medicine. However, as models for further discussion they are valid and effectively today as in the past, and not so farfetched as it seems. The ancient Chinese just tried to describe what they saw. And as modern equipment and methods were missing for their studies, they had to explain the vital functions and the human body in other ways. Therefore, they created intellectual edifice, which can make the interplay of forces in nature and in the human body clear.
Holistic and personal treatment
The ancient Chinese benefitted from their excellent perception ability. They created a model that saw man as a whole, as an indivisible unity of body, mind and soul. That is way the treatment in TCM is holistic. It takes into account all three aspects. In addition, the TCM doctor will always prescribe personally tailored treatment. There are no readymade solutions here.
Source: Traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Erich Wühr. ISBN 3-9807-6110-X