Acupuncture and have been practiced in China for more
than three thousand years. For Chinese people this kind
of medicine is not "alternative" but the is
routine to take. In America, there practices
seem very new. People have lots of questions. We have
created this page to answer questions. Any questions
and suggestions regarding acupuncture and Chinese herbal
medicine will be welcomed! Please let us know.
Q11. What does wind mean in TCM?
Q12. What does cold mean in TCM?
Q13. What does summerheat mean in TCM?
Q14. What does dampness mean in TCM?
Q15. What does dryness mean in TCM?
Q16. What does fire mean in TCM?
Q17. What does blood stasis mean in TCM?
Q18. What does yin and yang mean in TCM?
Q19. What does phlegm mean in TCM?
Q20. What is blood stasis in TCM?
Q20. What is the five elements?
Q21. What is channel?
Q22. Why does my pulse need to be felt?
Q23. Why does my tongue need to be checked?
Q24. What is TCM wholism?
Q25. Why use differentiation?
Q26. My friend and I suffer from the same disease
but our acupuncturist treat us differently and we both
get good results?
Q27. Why my friend and I suffer from different diseases
but our acupuncturist treat us samely and we both get
Q1. What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is a very effective theropy for over
450 kind diseases and conditions. It uses very fine
acupuncture needle ( like hair ), or heat, or cupping
etc to stimulate the points for promoting the body's
natural healing ( rebalancing ) and improving the body's
functioning. The yin and yang are eventually rebalanced
and the patients will be back to normal again.
Q2. What is Chinese Herbal Medicine ( CHM )?
A: CHM is another main part of Chinese Medicine. It
uses Chinese herbs to treat patients. So far in China,
we find that it can effect all the diseases and conditions.
Ninty nine per cent patients can get very good results.
Q3. What is Chinese Medicine ( CH )?
A: CH has two meaning now. One means that all the medicine
approaches used in China nowadays including modern western
medicine, traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM ) and combination
of this previous two because for many diseases it will
be much effective if you use both together. Another
means that TCM only.
Q4. What is traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM )?
A: TCM has been practised in China for more than three
thousand years. It uses unique theories to direct its
clinical application effectively. It includes Chinese
Herbal medicine ( CHM ), acupuncture, moxibustion, diseases
prevention, personal hygiene, diet therapy, Qigong,
Taiji and health preserving etc. It has same branches
like internal medicine, surgary ... ... etc. as modern
Q5. What is the situation of TCM in China now?
A: TCM in China now is very popular. Practically, every
province, city, county have their own TCM hospitals
with as many as 1500 beds. Scientically, tremendouse
numbers of researches have been done annually by institutes,
hospitals and universities. Educationally, there are
twenty eight formal-full-time-five-year TCM universities
with nationally enrollment. If you want, you still have
another two three-years programs with different degrees
to complete as long as enrolled again nationally.
Q6. How can you find a good acupuncturist?
A: Medicine is more or less an experience science. So
is the TCM ( acupuncture ). In China ten years experience
will be good because one doctor can see as many as 30
to 50 even 100 patients a day. If it is ten year experience,
that means he or she has seen as many as 80,000 patients
times already provided 40 patients per day. A good TCM
doctor include acupuncturist should check your tongue,
feel your pulses ( both sides ), ask your questions
about your disease's history, related situation etc
every time. Accordingly, the acupuncture points and
herbs used should not be cxactly same because your situation
is changing almost always. He/she should give your a
good explaination about you situation and why he/she
dose that. In Chinese medicine, the communication between
the patient and the doctor are very important. He/she
should also give you suggestions about your diet meaning
that what kind food is good for you and what kind should
be fobidden too because the nature of the food is different.
Q7. Why some of my favourite food
are forbidden by my TCM doctor or my acupuncturist?
A: In TCM, the food are divided into different natures:
cold, cool, warm, hot, generate sputum, generate dryness,
generate stagnation ( obstruction ), etc. So if you
are a cold type person or your problem is cold by nature,
the TCM doctor will suggest you avoid the cold or cool
food but encoursge you eat warm or hot food etc. Generally,
spicy food is warm or hot by nature, many vegetebles
are cold or cold, some fruits are warm or hot etc. That
Q8. What is the concept of diseases in TCM?
A: According to TCM, our human body has three status:
they are normal, preabnormal and abnormal. Or you can
say normal, predisease and disease statuses. Needless
to say, normal is normal, it is healthy situation; and
disease is abnomal, it is unhealthy situation. Here
we need to talk more about predisease status. Mary Smith,
an eighty seven years old lady, suffered a lot from
a very " strange disease " apart from hypertention.
Every day for the last two years, she felt there are
a warm streams going upwards to her stomach from her
lower extremities almost every two to three hours. When
it happened, she felt very uneasy and she was going
to die. She had poor appetite, did not like any hot
stuffs. She was ambulanced to the emergency room for
several times because she could not stand the suffering.
But the doctors could not find any solid abnormal results.
So immediately she was sent back home.
After dignosis, we found that she suffers from too
much fire in her body. So, after a few treatment, all
the sufferings are gone. Another case is like this:
He had bad taste for a long time. He went to many doctors
for help but no one found anything wrong with him. We
found that he suffered from the yin deficiency. After
acupuncture and herbs, his bad taste went away. There
are many these kinds situation, some have cold extremities,
some have a bad mood, some feel thirst all the times,
some can not sleep well, some get poor memory suddenly,
... ... etc. etc. And there nothing wrong according
to modern western machines like MRI, CT, and so forth.
But, in TCM, these are the signs of the very early stages
of the diseases. We treat these immidiately and we get
good results. We consider these situations are slight
diseases. Here you can see, in TCM, the diseases include
the diseases and prediseases statuses.
Q9. Are the concepts of the internal
organs as same as in the modern medicine?
A: Yes and no. Yes means, practically, about 30% same.
No means about 70% different. In TCM, the organ's meaning
is more than itself and more conceptional. It is not
only the solid organ itself. It means a system instead
the only organ itself. For example, the heart in TCM
has functions which not only pump the blood but also
control the thinking, minding and the status of the
life activity etc.
Q10. What is wind, cold, summerheat,
dampness, dryness and fire in TCM?
A: These words are used in TCM to discribe the natural
phenomena of the weather and climate. They are called
"six qi" if they are normally changes without
hurting human body. Like normal four season changes
they are cold in the winter, warm in spring, hot ( fire
and summerheat ) in summer, dampness in the time in
late summer and early fall, dryness in fall, wind in
all seasons but the spring's wind is the best. All these
changes are good for human body.
But if the changes are abnormal like warm in winter,
cold in spring etc., human body will be hurt. In this
case, they are called "six Evils". For some
people, even the six qi is harmful to them, so to these
people the six qi are the six evils too.
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