Introduction to TCM
Basics of TCM
• Yin-Yang | Five Elements
• Zang Organs | Fu Organs
Classification of Antineoplastic Herbal Medicines
Characteristics of Herbal Medicines
• By Auscultation & Olfaction
• By Inspection
Theories of Channels (Meridians) and Collaterals
Reference: A Modern View of the Immune System
Differentiation of Syndromes
• 8 Principles
• 6 Channels 4 Stages
• Syndromes of Zang-Fu Organs
• Pathogenic Factors
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TCM101: Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Yin-Yang and Five Element Theory
The theories of Yin-Yang and the Five Element were the creation and
development of the ancient Chinese through their long and faithful
tradition of observing nature's cycles and changes. The theory says that
wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are the basic substances
constituting the material world. These five basic substances are
considered an indispensable part of daily life. However, due to dynamic movement
and the mutual antagonism of yin and yang factors, the material world
that is made up of the Five Elements is thus in a constant state of flux.
The ancient Chinese applied these two major set of theories in the
medical field to explain the physiological activities and pathological
changes of the human body, and to serve as a guide to the clinical treatment
on the basis of syndrome differentiation (and I will come to explain this
in much greater detail in the sections to come). These theories have
become an important component of framework of traditional Chinese medicine.
More about Yin-Yang Theory and
Five Elements Theory.
Qi, Blood, and Body Fluid
Qi, blood, and body fluid are fundamental substances of the human
body which sustain the normal physiological functions of the zang-fu
organs and tissues.
Read more on Qi or Chi,
Blood and Body Fluid
WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?|
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With over 3000 years of experience, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has
remain one of the many fascinating areas in ancient Chinese culture.
First known to be documented in the Yellow Emperor's Canon of Medicine,
TCM is believed to have been practised in as early as 475 to 221 B.C.
The field of working knowledge of TCM stretches from anything related to
general healthcare practice to the philosophy of the mind, the logic of life,
religion, and even to as far as cosmology and astronumerology. This is why
in order to thoroughly understand the concepts behind TCM, one must be
comprehensive in learning and embracing the Chinese culture as a whole.
Just as Douglas Hoff put it when he explained about accupuncture, "The systems
of TCM uses the concepts of elements and meridians and are completely immersed
in the Asian cosmology which takes shape through the religions." The meridian-brain mechanism,
the fundamental working concept of acupuncture, in which the pain block from the message
that the needle or burning cone of herbs gives to the point of stimulus,
was only found centuries later by the West through science and technology.
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR – MARCH 2020
Thank you for visiting this TCM and acupuncture information website.
If you have previously been to this website, you might have
noticed that some of the pages on ancient historical ideas and
holistic thinkings related to Chinese metaphysics are temporarily taken offline.
This is because I will be revamping the whole website and be moving
those information into a new \"Ancient Chinese Culture\" section
so as to reflect a more current perspective on the interpretation
of some of the fundamental concepts as well as to include
some of the latest information in the area.
But if you have just found this website for the very first time, I welcome you again and
wish you could find what you require and, hopefully, you could also be benefitted
from reading the articles I published on this website.
Please be patient and do come and check out this website frequently as it's being revamped.
Raymond Cheng, PhD DPA FRSA FRSPH
March 28, 2020.
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