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Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine

alternative medicine



alternative medicine

Many new patients are keen to gain a better understanding of how exactly Chinese medicine works. Some people are confused by complex explanations or the language used in TCM. We have tried to explain its theory in a simpler form.

Traditional Chinese medicine is largely based on the concept that the human body is a small universe with a set of complete and sophisticated interconnected systems. Those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the human body. Illness is caused by a change in these balances.

Whilst Western medicine will treat the inflicted area, TCM takes a wider view. The body is viewed as a whole and your practitioner will take into account many factors such as physical, emotional, psychological, lifestyle and environment. This way the underlying cause of your problem can be treated.

In order to gain a good understanding of a patients medical history your practitioner will rely on four types of TCM diagnostics. This incorporates observation of the patients outward appearance, auscultation-olfaction which means the use of hearing and smell, medical background inquiry and touching. The practitioner will touch the patients in order to gain diagnostic data. At this point of the examination the patients pulse will also be taken. The pulse-reading component is so important that Chinese patients may refer to going to the doctor as "Going to have my pulse felt.