Methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Harmony of the phases

From the perspective of TCM, there are five phases that can be regarded as the five basic energetic patterns of a person. Only if these phases are in harmony with each other is a person healthy. All healing methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine aim at reestablishing the balance of a person’s natural, positive energy flow. Everybody has an individual target value. If the target value is exceeded or the actual value falls below it to an extent that can no longer be compensated for, a symptom or disease arises. According to Chinese diagnosis, an individual treatment concept is set up on the basis of the classic healing methods of TCM.

The healing methods of TCM include:

Acupuncture


The functional state of internal regulatory circuits can be influenced via reflex points on the skin – acupuncture points. The connection of certain points is called conduit or meridian. There are various methods of using acupuncture points therapeutically. The best-known method is the treatment with small needles that are only a fraction of a millimeter thin (acupuncture). In addition, depending on the indication, the points or body areas can also be influenced by means of heat (moxibustion) or suction (cupping). Laser acupuncture is a gentle alternative to acupuncture with needles, especially in children. In addition to body acupuncture, there are also so-called microsystems with acupuncture points of their own, such as ear acupuncture and Korean hand acupuncture.


Chinese pharmacotherapy

Chinese pharmacotherapy primarily works with components of dried medicinal herbs. An individual prescription is made out from a huge number of individual plants according to the Chinese diagnosis. The medicinal herbs are mainly taken in the form of teas (decoction). The taste of the herbal teas – to put it mildly – often is something to get used to. However, you must keep in mind that this is medicine and not a drink for tea time. In Germany there are already numerous TCM pharmacies that guarantee strict controls of pharmaceutical quality according to Western standards.


Chinese dietetics

Chinese dietetics describes individual foods primarily in terms of their effects within the regulatory levels of the body. The knowledge of Chinese dietetics can be used for a targeted therapeutic influence on diseases as well as for a general improvement of digestion and well-being.


Qigong

Qigong combines systematic stretching exercises for reflex areas of Chinese Medicine, conduits, with breathing exercises and meditative elements. Qigong encompasses numerous styles and methods that can be carried out – also at home – while standing, sitting or lying down.


Tuina

Tuina is the traditional Chinese massage. It is also based on the system of conduits and acupuncture points. Tuina includes various techniques such as pression, rudiculation or mulsion. Hereby individual acupuncture points and conduits are treated with the fingers, hand or elbows. Muscles, skin, tendons, connective tissue and entire parts of the body are massaged, loosened and stretched. During treatment already you can feel how tension relieves, initially painful areas relax soothingly and blockades are released.