Traditional Chinese Medicine With a history of 2000 to 3000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to assess and treat illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.
Evaluation of a syndrome not only includes the cause, mechanism, location, and nature of the disease, but also the confrontation between the pathogenic factor and body resistance. Treatment is not based only on the symptoms, but differentiation of syndromes. Therefore, those with an identical disease may be treated in different ways, and on the other hand, different diseases may result in the same syndrome and are treated in similar ways.
The clinical diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are mainly based on the Yin-Yang and Five element theories. These theories apply the phenomena and laws of nature to the study of the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body and its interrelationships. The typical TCM therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Qi-gong exercises. With acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain areas of the external body. Herbal medicine acts on zang-fu organs internally, while Qi-gong tries to restore the orderly information flow inside the network through the regulation of Qi. These therapies appear very different in approach yet they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions and insights in the nature of the human body and its place in the universe.
Diagnosis In TCM, the diagnostic process is considered in four areas – known as the Four Examinations. These are: Looking: complexion, eyes, tongue, nails, hair, gait, stature and affect? Hearing and Smelling: sound of voice and breath, odour of breath, skin? Interrogation/asking: current complaints, health history, family health history, patterns of sleep, appetite, digestion, bowel movement, bladder, sweat, pain, emotional features, lifestyle features and gynaecological features Touching: palpation of the body to discover body temperature, body moisture, pain; and taking of the pulse (pulse reading)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Treatment Rates TCM incorporates many treatments, including Acupuncture, Facial Acupuncture, Shiatsu Massage. Rates for TCM will vary depending on the treatment you are receiving. TCM Herbal Teas: $80~$100 / prescription and remedy for a 7~10 day course of herbs.