Zhang ZhongJing
  • Zhang ZhongJing
    張仲景 (150-219 A.D.)

Sun SiMiao
  • King of Medicine, Sun SiMiao
    药王, 孫思邈 (540-682 A.D.)

Li ShiZhen
  • Li ShiZhen
    李時珍 (1518-1593 A.D.)

Traditional Chinese Medicine

中医 (中醫)

 

    When the spiritual powers are passed on and transmitted, they can no longer turn back; And when they turn back, they cannot be transmitted, and then their moving powers are lost to the universe. In order to fulfill destiny, man should go beyond that which is near at hand and consider it as trifling.
    One should make public upon tablets of jade that which was hidden and concealed in the treasuries and storehouses to study it from early dawn until night, and thus make known the precious mechanism of the universe.

  -Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon (Huang Di Nei Jing)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and look back on a tradition of more than 2000 years, encompassing the following four main branches: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage Therapy, and Medical Qigong. These practices are a common part of medical care throughout East Asia.

The four branches of TCM are futher divided as follows:

Acupuncture: Needling Therapy, Cupping, Bloodletting, Moxibustion, and Magnetic Therapy

Herbal Medicine: Nutritional Education; Tea & Soups; Tinctures & Wines; Oils, Balms & Liniments; Compresses, Powders and Pills

Massage Therapy: Jie Gu - Bone Setting; Tui Na - Muscle Manipulation; Gua Sha - Scraping Therapy; An Mo - Visceral Manipulation; Jing Point Therapy

Medical Qigong: Distance Therapy; Self-Regulation Therapy; Qigong Massage Therapy; Energetic Point Therapy; Invisible Needle Therapy

Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine address the patients' physical, energetic, and spiritual needs simultaneously. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the root cause of all disease can be traced to a critical imbalance within the body's vital energies. Therefore, the best way to prevent or cure disease requires establishing a healthy energetic balance and harmony between the body's energy field and the forces of nature and the cosmos.

The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders by Zhang Zhongjing, as well as in cosmological notions like Yin/Yang and Five Element Theory.