Pacific College of Health and Science:
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine Living
Introduction to Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine, an ancient healing tradition with a history spanning thousands of years, offers a holistic approach to health and well-being. Rooted in the principles of harmony, balance, and the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Chinese medicine encompasses a diverse range of practices, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, massage (Tui Na), Qi Gong, and Tai Chi. By addressing the underlying causes of illness and restoring the body's natural balance, Chinese medicine seeks to promote health, vitality, and longevity.
Chinese medicine views the body as a dynamic system governed by the flow of Qi (vital energy) and the balance of Yin and Yang (opposing but complementary forces). When Qi becomes blocked or imbalanced, illness and discomfort can arise. Chinese medicine treatments aim to restore the smooth flow of Qi and rebalance Yin and Yang through various modalities, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, and lifestyle adjustments.
Chinese medicine offers a multitude of benefits, including pain relief, stress reduction, improved digestion, enhanced immunity, hormonal balance, and emotional well-being. By addressing both the symptoms and underlying imbalances, Chinese medicine treatments promote holistic healing and long-term health.
Dating back over 2,000 years, Chinese medicine has a rich history steeped in tradition and wisdom. Ancient texts such as the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon (Huangdi Neijing) provide foundational principles for understanding health and disease in Chinese medicine. Over the centuries, Chinese medicine has evolved and adapted, integrating knowledge from various sources and cultural influences.
HOW IT WORKS
Chinese medicine approaches health and healing from a holistic perspective, taking into account the interplay of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual factors. By assessing the patterns of disharmony unique to each individual, Chinese medicine practitioners develop personalized treatment plans tailored to restore balance and promote well-being.
HOW TO USE IT
Incorporating Chinese medicine into daily life involves cultivating mindfulness, self-awareness, and a deep connection to one's body and environment. Practices such as mindful eating, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and herbal supplementation can support overall health and vitality according to Chinese medicine principles.
Scientific research on Chinese medicine has grown significantly in recent years, with studies exploring its efficacy in treating various conditions, including pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, and infertility. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind Chinese medicine's therapeutic effects, preliminary evidence suggests its potential as a valuable complement to conventional medical care.