An Introduction to Chinese Medicine

TCM vs Western Medicine

In very simplistic term, Chinese Medicine is one of the world’s oldest complete medical system that has a history of a few thousand years. It comprises of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese massage), Gua Sha (skin scraping), CuppingQi Gong (a kind of breathing method and meditation) and Chinese dietary therapy.

Scholars have written many essays on each branch of Chinese Medicine and about Chinese Medicine itself. Chinese Medicine is very much entwined with the Chinese culture and is based on a very different paradigm (compared to the western medicine’s paradigm) of the human body and its relationship  to the environment. To try and explain it here in a few paragraphs will not do it justice so what I have done is to include some links here for those who want to learn more about this ancient but still very much relevant traditional medical system.

What is Chinese Medicine

Here is a great little chart that summarises the differences between modern western medicine and ancient Chinese medicine.

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Books & weblinks to read about Chinese Medicine:

Acupuncture Resources:

Chinese Herbal Medicine:

Chinese Dietary Therapy Resources: