Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, professional, continually practiced, literate medicine in the world. Chinese medicine is a complete medical system which attempts to treat the full range of diseases, acute and chronic, traumatic, infectious, and internally generated. That being said, if a disease is extremely virulent or far advanced, and especially if there are serious changes in organic tissue, Chinese medicine by itself is sometimes not powerful enough or too slow.
Chinese medicine is an excellent and effective choice at the beginning of any disease or for diseases which modern Western medicine either does not understand, has no effective treatment for, or as a preferred alternative to long term medications with side effects.
TCM Diagnosis is what makes Chinese Medicine very different from our traditional Western medicine. By taking a thorough case history, your practitioner at Advanced AllergEase and Acupuncture will begin to form a whole picture of what is going on in your body. After taking the pulse on both wrists and looking at your tongue, we come to a conclusion of a diagnosis. It is often quoted in Chinese medicine:
“Same disease, different treatments; different disease, same treatment.”
What this means is that if three patients walk through the door, all having been diagnosed the same by their MD, it is possible that each of them could have a different diagnosis according to TCM. And three patients with unrelated diagnosis by their MD, could very well have the same diagnosis in TCM.
Based on the symptoms presented by you, we determine if the problem is of Yin or Yang nature. Yin is associated with cold, rest, passivity, darkness, the interior, downward, inward or decreasing. Yang in contrast is associated with the qualities of heat, movement, activity, excitement, vigor, light, the exterior, upward, or increasing.
All things have aspects of both yin and yang nature. Yin-yang can be represented in a 24 hour day. At midnight it is completely dark or yin. As it approaches 6 am there is a balance of yin with yang. High noon is considered complete yang. And 6 pm is a balance of yang with yin. At different times throughout the day there are different amounts of light (yang) and dark (yin). Yin and Yang are interdependent, one cannot exist without the other. Even the darkest midnight when yin is full, the moon and stars bring a touch of yang. Each division of yin and yang has aspects of both yin and yang. The sky itself is yang and the earth is yin. Within the sky (yang) there are clouds that are yin and wind that is yang. And in the earth (yin) there is yang such as rivers and yin such as rocks.
When the body is out of balance, you will present with an excess of yin or yang causing a relative deficiency of the other; or you may present with a deficiency of yin or yang causing a relative excess of the other. The seemingly simple language used in Chinese diagnosis makes TCM look deceptively simple. It is not. It is sophisticated, literate, professional medicine.
Chinese medicine works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the body — the balance between yin and yang, balance between the five phases, balance between the viscera and bowels, and balance between the qi, blood, and body fluids. This balance is established by supporting the body’s healthy or righteous energy and attacking any unhealthy or “evil” energy.
At Advanced AllergEase and Acupuncture, we professionally apply methods of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to establish balance. Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed internally or applied externally. Acupuncture and moxibustion seek to regulate the flow of qi and blood within the body by either inserting fine, sterile needles at certain acupoints or warming certain acupoints by various methods. In addition, we may also use tui na, a style of Chinese massage, or prescribe remedial or preventive exercises, such as tai chi or qi gong. We typically counsel our patients on diet and lifestyle, all according to the theories of Chinese medicine.