Traditional Chinese Medicine

Last Update: 2008-6-20; By Lovechina

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Chinese traditional medicine generally refers to natural materials such as plants, animals and minerals, etc. that can have medicinal values. There are several thousand types. Most of these medicines have a long history of providing sufficient and reliable guarantee for the health and multiplication of the Chinese nation, and as a main weapon for disease prevention and cure. It is an important part of Chinese traditional medicine.

Naming: Chinese traditional medicine has a great variety with complicated names, which is related with the change of era and the difference in places. On the whole, the naming of Chinese traditional medicine mostly accord with place of origin, performance, growth character, shape, smell, the part used as medicine and the name of the discoverer, etc.

Processing: It is the processing of medication. The exertion of the efficiency of medication is, first of all, determined by the function of medication itself. Secondly, it also has a direct relationship with processing. The processed Chinese traditional medicine is better for the exertion of the efficiency of the medicine and can reduce the irritant and toxicity of the medicine. Sometimes it can also increase and change some performance and better meet clininal requirements. The way of processing can generally be divided into four categories, ordinary processing, water processing, fire processing and water and fire processing.

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Four natures: they refer to cold, hot, warm and cool, the four different natures of medicines observed and generalized in the long-term practice of medical treatment.

Five flavors: they refer to the five flavors of sourness, bitterness, sweetness, spiciness and saltiness. Different flavors of medicines mean different functions.

Channel Tropism: It is the optional function of medicines and also the rule of using Chinese traditional medicine. When using medicines clinically, first identify the viscerae, bowels and channels where the pathological changes occur and then select corresponding medication to treat the disease.

Ascending, descending, floating and sinking: they are tendencies of medication in the therapeutic effect.

Combination: It refers to combine more than two medicines optionally in application according to the requirements of the state of a disease and the performance of medication. The felicity of combination has a direct influence on the curative effect.

TOPHistory of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The history of Traditional Chinese Medicine can date back to millions years ago in the primitive society. Primitive people had have sampled most of the local plants in their search for food and  found that some certain plants can cure diseases or ease pains. Through trial and error, a primitive form of Chinese herbal medicine took shape in China. >> Read more

TOPBasic Theories  of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The basic theories of traditional Chinese medical science is the basis for Chinese medical prophylaxis and Chinese clinical medical science. It includes the philosophical base, the understanding of the healthy human body, and understanding of diseases, the principles of staying healthy and of treating diseases. >> Read more

TOPTraditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

Four methods of diagnosis include observation, auscultation and olfaction, interrogation, pulse feeling and palpation. >>  Read more

TOPAcupuncture and Moxibustion

Acupuncture and moxibustion are two distinct therapeutic approaches to cure a vareity of disease. Acupunture treats diseases by puncturing points of the body with different types of needles.Moxibustion applies heat produced by ignited moxawood over certain points in the body. >> Read more 

TOPMassage Therapy

Massotherapy (massage therapy) means to move the hands and fingers skillfully on human's skin and muscles. There are two types of massotherapy. One is active massotherapy. It also called as Self-massaging. And the other type is passive massotherapy where the doctor massages the patients. >> Read more

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