Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM
Preventing instead of healing: This is the basic idea of the 'Traditional Chinese Medicine'. The starting point here is that you can’t change your past but your future. The TCM is a different school of thought than the western one. In order to stay healthy, according to TCM, the balance of the opposite strengths yin and yang is of great importance. Yin stands for the female and cold and Yang for the male and strong. Even though Yin and Yang form the opposite of each other, they nevertheless attract each other. Out of those two energies the life energy Qi results. The Qi in turn moves the Xue, which forms the material opposite to the Qi. The Xue is understood to transport the Qi energy through our blood and nerve system. If Yin and Yang are in imbalance, this influences our whole body and can even cause diseases.
The state of health is determined by hearing, smelling, touching and questioning. Here, not a disease but rather a disease pattern is diagnosed. Goal of every TCM treatments is to balance out the different life energies.
Implimentation of the TCM
- Acupuncuture Especially here in the western world acupuncture is a well-known treatment where long and thin needles are stinged into certain skin areas to heal for example chronically pain.
- Moxibustion is about burning a plant called moxa on or near the skin. Here the healing process is initiated through heat. Moxibustion is a modification of acupuncture.
- Tuina Massage the aim of a tuina massage is to ease blockades, which disturb the energy flow of the Qi. The balance of Yin and Yang also here play an overdetermined role again.
- Acupressure manual pressure is used to stimulate specific points on the body. Every point is being massaged for about 2 to 3 minutes. The aim of the massage is to support relaxation and to create inner balance.
- QiGong a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to tai chi.