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

The TCM Model of the Human Body

Posted August 14, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

In the first article of the series, we discussed how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was a form of holistic medicine, since it focused on healing the physical and non-physical aspects of the human condition. In the second article, we discussed how the different doctrines of Taoism set the intellectual foundation for TCM. In this article, we will discuss how these ideas form the TCM view of the human body. … Read More

Taoism: The Intellectual Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted August 09, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

In the previous article, we discussed the key differences between Western and Eastern Medicine. Western medicine takes a reductionist approach to the body, while Eastern Medicine takes a holistic approach. The reductionist approach in Western medicine is rooted in Enlightenment philosophy, while the holistic approach in Oriental Medicine is based on the Ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism. In order to properly understand Eastern Medicine, it is necessary to understand Taoism. … Read More

Western and Eastern Medicine: A Tale of Two Doctors

Posted August 07, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under oriental medicine, western medicine

Editor's Note: The following is a fictional story and is not meant to portray any actual people nor to give medical advice.  Dolores is a 34-year old married mother in Miami with 3 children. Recently, she lost her job and is stressed about her family being able to pay bills. She needs a new job, but knows she lacks the skills that will make her competitive in the job market. She’s not sleeping well and begins having arguments with her husband, which only makes her feel worse. She has also been overeating and spends a large part of her day on social media, instead of actively looking for a new job. Eventually, she just spends as much time in bed as possible. Dolores’ husband definitely notices the mood change and suggests that she should go see a doctor. Dolores knows she has the option of seeing either Dr. West or Dr. East. The two doctors are smart people, but have different approaches to treatment: … Read More

Acupuncture for Digestive Problems

Acupuncture for digestive problems is safe and effective way to naturally treat many acute and chronic conditions of this important body system. If you've tried conventional medicine to keep digestive problems in check without success, consider acupuncture, which is a holistic health treatment without side effects.  … Read More

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