TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
TCM is a time honored, holistic and natural healing system developed over the last 5000 years. It places great emphasis on illness cure, prevention and rejuvenation. It cures disease by tapping into our bodies’ self-healing power. Acupuncture and herbal medicine therapy are the two main components of TCM. It sometimes calls for Tuina (Chinese massage) and forms of meditative, low impact martial arts; such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
The concept of balance in yin and yang is the principal philosophy of TCM.
Yin means darkness. In darkness, life comes to a rest, a motionless state when body quietly rejuvenates with the nourishment it receives. In health science, yin analogs a decrease in physiological and motor functions for the preservation of energy, organ repair, absorption and storage of nutrition. On the other hand, excessive yin is like a pond in the shade, where dampness and coldness prevail. Excessive inactivity leads to decrease in energy production and accumulation of pathological wastes; such as phlegm, mucous, fluid and fat.
Yang means the sun. In the brightness of the sun, people engage in activities, constantly using and producing energy to meet the challenge from both the modern society and natural existing pathogens. In health science, yang analogs an increase in physiological and motor functions, which breaks down the material components of our bodies to fuel these activities. Overabundance of yang is like a fire in the wilderness, which burns down all the lives. Excessive activity would exhaust our bodies’ resources which includes the material components, nourishment and fluid.
Only through the quest for balance in yin and yang can we reach the state of optimal health. It is a state with balance in anabolism (building up) and catabolism (breaking down), a mind with balance in aimlessness and purposefulness and a life with balance in rest and activity.