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Chinese medicine is fundamentally based on a notion of balance, represented in the Yin/Yang symbol. Yin is represented by water, which is nourishing, cooling and receptive. Yang is represented by fire, which is warming, engendering movement and growth. TCM theory is derived from the ancient Taoist belief that the forces in nature are mirrored in the human body. Disease reflects either an excess or deficiency of yin or yang in the body.
Returning to balance
What makes Traditional Chinese Medicine unique is the understanding of syndromes and patterns that connect a diverse range of symptoms. For example someone presenting with low back pain, fatigue, anxiety and night sweating may be treated for ‘kidney yin deficiency’, rather than addressing each problem individually with separate medications.
TCM is commonly practiced in Chinese hospitals in combination with western allopathic medicine. In North America TCM is used in a variety of public and private health care settings. According to a US National Health interview survey published in 2007, an estimated 3.1 million people used acupuncture and TCM to treat common health complaints.
There are many conditions that TCM can treat, even when allopathic medicine has proven ineffective. Chronic pain, digestive problems, headaches, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, sport injuries, back pain, fertility issues and insomnia are some of the common conditions that TCM can address.
TCM and acupuncture are board regulated in BC by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA). Rather than being considered an alternative to conventional treatment, TCM can be regarded as an adjunct to primary care. Chinese medicine is a safe, effective and drug free treatment option for those interested in a natural and integrative approach to health and well-being.
Is Traditional Chinese Medicine the right choice for you?
Silas Rosenblatt R Ac practices Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in Victoria BC. To see if acupuncture can help your health condition call 250 884 7061 or send an email through the contact page.