What are Meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Posted September 19, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Over the past several weeks, we have been discussing the TCM view of the human body. At the core of this model is the notion that a set of three entities, call the functional entities, are responsible for producing and maintaining health. The three functional entities are: … Read More

Zang-fu Organs

Posted September 12, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing health and illness in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, a person is healthy when there is specific yin-yang and qi balance of the Functional Entities. … Read More

The Healing Modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted September 06, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Although Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporates different types of healing, there are four basic healing modalities that are generally considered the core healing aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They are: Acupuncture, Tui Na, Nutrition, and Herbal Medicine.  … Read More

The Eight Principles of Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted August 30, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

In a previous article, we discussed the notion of health and illness in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, illness arises as a result of specific yin-yang imbalances of the Functional Entities.  … Read More

What is Qi? The concept of Qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted August 28, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

What is Qi? In English, qi  (also known as chi ) is usually translated as “vital life force,” but qi goes beyond that simple translation. According to Chinese Philosophy, qi is the force that makes up and binds together all things in the universe. It is paradoxically, both everything and nothing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the concept of qi or chi has two main branches. There is the physical or nourishing portion of qi that makes up the air, water, and food that we take in. The other branch of chi is more insubstantial. It is the vital fluids and the energy itself that flows through our bodies. Chi flows along the merdian points of the body and serves the basis for understanding acupuncture. The first, as stated above, could be thought of as those things we take in and make a part of us while the second is what has already become part of us and is then released to continue the cycle of life. It is the imbalances and interruptions of this flowing force that is responsible for most human ailments whether physical, mental, or emotional. In this article, we will explore the concept of qi in the human body and how it relates to Oriental Medicine. … Read More

The Five Vital Substances in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted August 24, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the human body is a collective of interrelated yin-yang systems. When these different yin-yang systems are in harmony, the body is healthy, but when there is disharmony, illness arises. There are three major yin-yang systems that are crucial to health known as the Functional Entities: … Read More

Yin and Yang in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted August 21, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Just like rationalism forms the basis for Western medicine, the Taoist philosophy of Ying-yang forms the basis for Traditional Chinese Medicine. While many people have heard the term yin-yang or know it's famous symbol, few understand what yin-yang is. The typical yin-yang sign shows the interconnected duality of opposite forces. In Chinese philosophy, Yin-yang, which translates into “dark-bright,” describes the notion that everything in nature consists of two paradoxical phases or energies.  … Read More

Health and Illness in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In the previous blog, we discussed the Traditional Chinese Medical model of the human body. The concept of health in TCM is different than that in the West. TCM’s concept of health is based on different principles, all of which are connected to yin-yang and qi. … Read More

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