What is the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Model of the Body?

The Human Body in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) In the first article of the series, we discussed the differences between Western Oriental Medicine and 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 Taoism sets the intellectual foundation for understanding TCM. Unsurprisingly, Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as having physical and non-physical components. Knowing what these non-physical components are is important to understanding how the human body is viewed in TCM, which in turn sets the foundation for understanding TCM notions of health, illness, and treatments. As such, in this article we will give an overview of the TCM model of the human body, which is taught alongside Western anatomy at our acupuncture school in Florida. … Read More

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

How To Research Acupuncture Schools Online

The journey to selecting the right acupuncture school for you begins by gathering information online. In this day and age, every acupuncture school should have a college website, an active social media presence (especially on Facebook), and a business profile listed in several online review directories, such as Yelp. … Read More

Should I Get a Master's or Doctorate  Degree in Oriental Medicine?

A common question we get from prospective students at our acupuncture school in Florida is whether it's better to enroll in a Master's or Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Program. We understand that it’s easy and natural to become hyped when looking into different Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree programs. And while it is certainly good to be excited about becoming an acupuncturist, what you don’t want to do is let the paradox of choice overwhelm you, or worse, stop you completely from selecting an acupuncture school that’s right for you. … Read More

Ultimate Guide for Choosing an Acupuncture School

If you’re reading this, then you’ve likely had acupuncture treatments in the past, realized how great Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is, and are now thinking about studying acupuncture. You’ve probably also started to research acupuncture career information and know that the first step to becoming an acupuncturist is to apply, enroll, and graduate from an acupuncture school. … Read More

How Do You Get Into Acupuncture School?

Once you’ve decided to become an acupuncturist, the first thing you will need to do is apply, enroll, and graduate from an ACAOM-accredited and state-approved acupuncture training program. But how do you get into acupuncture school? Are there any educational or testing requirements? … 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

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