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Health and Illness in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

In the previous blog, we discussed the Traditional Chinese Medical model of the human body. In TCM, the concept of health 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

Eight Principles of Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

The Most Important Things to Look for in an Acupuncture School

If you’re set on becoming a licensed acupuncture physician in Florida (or elsewhere), then deciding which acupuncture school to attend is perhaps the most important career decision you can make. … Read More

How to Become a Professional Acupuncturist

If you're currently considering studying Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, you may have some lingering questions about acupuncture school or the profession itself. As such, this post will be helpful to you as you learn more about this wonderful profession. … Read More

Should You Study Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?

Are you considering going to acupuncture school? In recent years, holistic practices such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have grown in popularity. In fact, many of the leading university hospital systems in the US now employ full-time acupuncturists. For example, Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Center offers acupuncture, acupressure massage, mindfulness meditation, and other holistic treatments in coordination with other conventional medical treatments. … Read More

Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

In the previous article, we discussed the key differences between Conventional and Holistic Medicine. Western medicine takes a physicalist approach to the body, while Holistic Medicine takes a whole-body approach. The reductionist approach in Western medicine is rooted in Enlightenment philosophy, while the whole-body approach in holistic medicine is based on various principles and traditions, all of which emphasize non-invasive practices  (bodywork, etc.), natural products over chemical pharmaceuticals, and the body's ability to heal itself. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Taosim Just as Western medicine has been heavily influenced by European philosophy, it makes perfect sense that Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the Ancient Chinese religion of Taoism. In order to properly understand Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is necessary to understand Taoism. … Read More

Conventional vs Holistic Medicine

You've been through this routine at the doctor: You go in to seek treatment for an illness and you're prescribed a drug that you've never taken before. After taking the medicine, you experience side effects that make you feel worse than your original illness did. … Read More

What is Shiatsu? A Comprehensive Intro to Shiatsu Massage

You've likely familiar with the term Shiatsu, and know that it's related to massage therapy, but don't know much more about it. In this article, we will explore Shiatsu in depth, including: The definition of Shiatsu History of Japanese Massage History of Shiatsu, Clinical evidence for Shiatsu, Studying Shiatsu in massage therapy school Massage Therapy career paths with Shiatsu  What is Shaitsu? Shiatsu, literally meaning “figure pressure,” is a Japanese massage modality that was invented by Tokujiro Namikoshi during the 1920s. It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is considered a form of acupressure massage. … Read More

An Overview of the Acupuncture Profession Today

Over the past few weeks, we've been covering the history of the acupuncture profession in the US. We started by discussing how acupuncture was introduced in the West, and later learned how it was practiced in America during the 1800s, but then largely disappeared from the American consciousness until the 1970s, when it brought into the American mainstream by James Reston, a writer for the New York Times. … Read More

History of Acupuncture Profession during the 2000s

Westerners have known about acupuncture since the 1600s and Americans have been practicing acupuncture since the 1800s. … Read More

History of American Acupuncture: 1990s

Over the past few weeks, we have been covering the history of acupuncture in America. We began by discussing the first Europeans that came across Acupuncture in Asia, and how acupuncture made its way to America during the 1800s. … Read More

The Five Vital Substances in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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

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