Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, is an ancient and holistic medical system with a natural and preventive approach to health care. TCM is extremely effective in diagnosis and treatment of different ailments using natural therapies, like acupuncture and Chinese herbal Medicine. It is based on a concept of balanced Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, that is believed to flow throughout the body. Qi is regulates a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance.
TCM is based on three major theories of Yin & Yang, Five Elements and Meridians.
Each organ of our bodies is attributed to a natural element and an emotion according to the five elements theory.
Based on this analogy the elements support or generate each other. Wood generates Fire, Fire turns into ashes or Earth, Earth generates Metal, Metal can carry Water and Water generates Wood, so the cycle of generations continues.
Based on this theory, Liver is the mother of Heart, and Kidney is the child of Lung and so forth. This cycle is called generation cycle. This analogy shows that we can not look at the issues of an organ separate from its relationship with its mother and child organ.
Based on the other cycle called “the control cycle” internal organs with regards to their particular elements can also control or balance the functions of the other organs.
One example of the control cycle is the relationship between the Heart and the Kidney.
According to the TCM, our kidneys have a small fire in them which is called the fire of gate of vitality. This fire is supported by the fire of the heart. Kidneys’ water steams up and cools the fire of the heart. This way normally Fire and Water are in balance, and we don’t either feel HOT or COLD.
Women usually feel night sweats and hot flashes after menopause, this night sweats can also happen to anyone at different stages of their lives, regardless of gender. That is the time that Kidney YIN is deficient and there is not enough water to steam up and cool the fire of the Heart. Both fires of the Heart and the gate of vitality keep running and the excess heat in the body causes the night sweats and in menopause the hot flashes.
According to the TCM, every phenomenon in the nature and our bodies is governed by the yin and yang theory.
Imagine there is a hill, and at one side we have the sun. This side is called YANG, which is active, warm, and energetic like the day. The shady side is called YIN, which is calm, cool, moist and nourishing, and substantial like the night.
Day is Yang but in the evening gradually turns into the night which is Yin, and in the morning night which is Yin, gets transformed to Yang. Yin and Yang are opposite, yet complement each other. Yin and Yang apply to all organs of the body, as well.
To understand Yin and Yang better we can consider the HEART. It contains blood which is a substance or Yin, but pumping of the blood is energetic or Yang. When the heart’s yin and yang are in balance we are calm, sleep well, have no palpitations and can not even notice its beats. But when the Yin is deficient we may experience insomnia or when the Yang is excess we may notice palpitations.
Acupuncture, Herbs, Reiki
Acupuncture is a form of treatment with the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures.
Energy or Qi, (pronounced “chee”) from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, called acupoints. Each of these acupoints serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within.
According to the TCM there are 12 main meridians and 8 extra meridians which have a form of vital force or energy circulating in them, and 365 acupuncture points all over the body altogether.Here is the pathway of Stomach meridian on and in the body.
When we insert a needle in the upper portion of the channel on the face we can treat conditions like: headache, sinusitis, earache, TMJ and so forth.
Inserting needles on the chest can treat chest pain, phlegm, cough and etc. Points located on the upper abdomen can treat issues like: poor appetite, acid reflux, stomach pain, indigestion and so forth. Points on the lower abdomen can treat abdominal pain, menstruation issues, constipation and diarrhea.
As noted acupuncture can have a local affect when we choose certain points on the body depending on the location, but we can also influence the internal organs in this case the Stomach whenever we work on that particular channel.