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
• Exogenous | Pestilential | Emotional
• Pathogenic Factors
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TCMBasics.com was previously known as the "Wyith TCM Pages by
Dr. Raymond Cheng". The pages were first published in
January 1995 as a special section under Wyith.com.
In 2000 December, these pages were republished under this new
Web site called www.TCMBasics.com.
With this new Web site, TCMBasics.com has started to include
information not only on TCM but also on ancient historical events,
ideas on Chinese metaphysics, and other related topics that are
crucial to the understanding of traditional Chinese medical knowledge,
hence making TCMBasics.com one of the most unique Web sites in
traditional Chinese philosophy and information.
The Word-of-Mouth, since 1995
Since the launch of "Wyith R. Cheng's TCM Pages" in 1995, our work has
been highly recommended as one of the most comprehensive sources
of information for traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
The Journal of Chinese
Medicine (United Kingdom) commented in its 1997 September
issue, "Although this site is maintained by people who are not
practitioners of Chinese Medicine, it's a very good and comprehensive
site on all topics of Chinese Medicine. It contains extensive descriptions
of the fundamental theories, but also some articles on antineoplastic
herbal medicines and the immune system. Several beautiful colour
illustrations are included. Quality: Very good site, especially for
patients of Chinese Medicine (written by Wyith R. Cheng & Associates)."
"Wyith R. Cheng's TCM Pages" is also listed by a number of academic
institutions and journals as one of the preferred sources or references of TCM
information, including The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Hong Kong Bioinformatics
Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Research
Centre for Modern Chinese Medicine (RCMCM), About.com's
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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
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.
Raymond Cheng, PhD DPA
October 24, 2012.
IMPORTANT NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER|
This website is published, edited and designed by Raymond Cheng, PhD DPA
and reflects only and only his personal views and opinions
in his individual capacity.
The information available at this website is not intended
directly or by implication to either diagnose or treat any
medical, emotional, or psychological condition or disorder.
It is also not intended to create a physician-patient relationship
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