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Why Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is over 2000 years old and has since developed into an renowned and scientifically proven alternative medicine. With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), complaints can be tackled from a different perspective and the form of treatment is therefore an established complementation to western medicine. The focus of treatment lies more on the root causes of symptoms, rather than the symptoms themselves, hence the patient is viewed and diagnosed holistically.

Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on observing nature and its laws. The following principles are fundamental and serve not only the Chinese medicine as basis, but its culture as well.



The principle of YIN & YANG


The Yin & Yang theory is the basic concept of traditional Chinese medicine. This basic principle describes the relationship between things. YIN is the material, the passive and the resting. YANG is the energetic, the active and the moving.


For a healthy life, it is important that there is a balance of YIN and YANG in your body. If this balance is not given, it will not be possible to adequately deal with the situation and illness will result.


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The principle of QI


The concept “QI” is often translated with the term “life energy". According to Chinese teaching, there can be no life without the flow of QI.


Health can only arise when QI is harmoniously guided through the correct pathways. If QI does not flow at the correct speed, if there is too much or too little QI or if it is exhausted, then illness develops in the body.


The pathways in which the QI flows is a network of channels called meridians.



The principle of the 5 phases of transformation


The analysis of natural cycles, which are reflected in the daily routine, the change of the seasons or the development of humans during their life, allow conclusions to be drawn about the development and course of diseases.


Based on this analysis, measures can be taken to counteract an illness and TCM has derived a categorization of health and illness. This system allows the patient's symptoms and illnesses to be broken down into areas and thus serve as diagnostic methods that only exist in traditional Chinese medicine.

Treatment methods of traditional Chinese medicine

TCM tries to rebalance the imbalance in the entire body. The following therapies are used: acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Chinese nutrition, Tuina and Qi Gong.


TCM is used today for acute as well as chronic diseases. One of the great advantages is that functional disorders can be recognized preventively and treated before they become established organically.


In traditional Chinese medicine, people are viewed, diagnosed and treated holistically. As an example, two people with the same symptoms would be treated differently, since TCM treats the causes and patterns of symptoms rather than the symptoms themselves and these can be fundamentally different for two people.


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Diagnosis and Medical History in Traditional Chinese Medicine

The course of treatment in a TCM therapy begins with an initial anamnesis session, during which a comprehensive picture of your state of health is obtained. In addition to the main symptoms, the history of the complaints is discussed here.


In addition, the family disposition, basic constitution, diet and previous illnesses / injuries are asked in order to better assess the symptoms. In addition to questioning, the forms of diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine also include diagnoses based on the patient's pulse rate and tongue pattern.


Furthermore, depending on the symptoms, an examination of the body and movement test are used. These methods allow the therapist to evaluate the overall condition of the patient and complete the picture of the patient's state of health.


In TCM, symptoms are not viewed as individual factors, but as warning signals that allow conclusions to be drawn about the state of the overall system.


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Would you like to learn more about TCM? The TCM professional association offers further information material on the topic:

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