Sunday, May 23, 2010
TCM - the quick and dirty
Chinese Medicine is a holistic system of medicine that has been around for over 5000 years.
It is an energetic form of Medicine that recognizes that health is based on the the balance of specific organs within a person and specific substances throughout the body; such as: Chi and Blood, Hot and Cold, Yin and Yang.
Acupuncture is a part of Chinese Medicine, and is specifically used for the treatment of disease. It is where fine needles are inserted into points along energetic channels that run through the body called meridians. It was hypothesized that energy circulated through these meridians, and if that energy wasn't able to circulate properly, disease would result.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture and will look at your tongue and take your pulses to determine what Chinese Medical diagnosis you may have.
For example - perhaps you have Liver Fire, or Kidney Yin Deficiency.
This is assessed via your presenting symptoms, and the above mentioned diagnostic tools.
The tongue diagnosis, is based on the premise that the tongue is mapped out where particular areas on the tongue correspond to specific organs in the body.
For example: the back of the tongue corresponds to the Urinary Bladder and Kidneys, the tip of the tongue represents the Heart, etc.
It is then that those areas are looked at with respect to: colour, tongue coat or the absence of coat, the colour or texture of the coat, and whether the tongue is cracked or smooth. All of these aspects point to a particular TCM Diagnosis.
There are 6 pulses, 3 on each wrist and each have 3 different levels: superficial, middle and deep. Each pulse also corresponds to a particular organ in the body and thus this is used as a diagnostic tool as well.
Here's a great article I came across about the use of TCM and the ear.
In good health,
Dr. Stacey Welton, ND