Introduction to TCM

Basics of TCM

  • Yin-Yang | Five Elements

Zang-Fu Theories

  • Zang Organs | Fu Organs

Classification of Antineoplastic Herbal Medicines

Characteristics of Herbal Medicines

Diagnose

  • By Auscultation & Olfaction
  • By Inspection


Prescriptions

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


Etiology

  • Exogenous | Pestilential | Emotional
  • Pathogenic Factors


Materia Medica



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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.

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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.

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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 – OCTOBER 2012

Raymond Cheng, PhD DPA 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 have recently started to revamp the whole website 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.

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March 28, 2014.

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