According to TCM, every disturbance of the flow of Qi or Xue – due to a cold, moisture, unwholesome nutrition or mental health factors, for example – interferes with the harmonic interaction and manifests itself in different disease related symptoms. Through accurate analysis and evaluation of these symptoms Eastern medicine identifies the source of the disturbance. This is done by using the special diagnostic approaches of TCM.
Western evidence-based medicine can’t quite comprehend this.
The five pillars of TCM
Various procedures are used in the treatment of ailments and diseases within Traditional Chinese Medicine. These are known as the “five therapeutic pillars”:
- Dietetics and Nutrition
- Herbal Medicine
- Acupuncture, the most well known and commonly used method
- Tuina Massage
- Movement therapies Qigong and Tai Ji