The Current State of TCM: What is Complementary Medicine?

Posted October 31, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as Complementary Medicine Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. In the last article, we discussed the current state of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a medical practice in the West. We noted that the terms alternative and complementary are used interchangeably to describe TCM (also called Oriental Medicine). While these terms accurately describe TCM as a medical practice, I make the argument that the two terms should not be used interchangeably, because of their different meanings. … Read More

The Current State of TCM: TCM as Alternative Medicine

Posted October 18, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. … Read More

Meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine? | AMC-Miami, Florida

Posted September 19, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Over the past several weeks, we have been discussing the TCM view of the human body, which is the model taught 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

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has many different healing modalities. In this article, we will discuss four of the most common healing modalities: Acupuncture, Tui Na, Nutrition Therapy, and Herbal Medicine.  … Read More

Eight Principles of Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine | Acupuncture School Blog

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? Definition of Qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted August 28, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College

What is Qi (chi)? Definition of Qi | AMC Acupuncture School Blog | Miami, Florida In English, qi (also known as chi) is usually translated as “vital life force,” but qi goes beyond that simple translation. According to Classical Chinese Philosophy, qi is the force that makes up and binds together all things in the universe. It is paradoxically, both everything and nothing. Unless you're enrolled at an acupuncture school, this concept may seem strange and inapplicable to medicine and healing. As such, in this article, we will explore the concept and definition of qi, as it relates to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Understanding what Qi is in TCM 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 meridian 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-Yang in Traditional Chinese Medicine | AMC Acupuncture School Blog | Florida

Yin-Yang in Traditional Chinese Medicine | AMC Acupuncture School Blog | Miami, Florida Just like rationalism forms the basis for Western medicine, the Taoist philosophy of yin-yang forms the basis for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While many people have heard the term yin-yang or know it's famous symbol, few understand what yin-yang truly is, and even fewer people outside of an acupuncture school know how it relates to Traditional Chinese Medicine. 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

Posted August 16, 2017 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under 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

Traditional Chinese Model of the Human Body | AMC Acupuncture School

The Human Body in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 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, which is taught alongside Western anatomy at our acupuncture school in Florida. … 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

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