Author: Matteo Weijian Hu
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years. People who practice TCM often use various approaches such as acupuncture and tai chi, as well as herbal products to address health problems. Some of these methods date back at least 2,200 years. Here are some of the most famous techniques.
In acupuncture, practitioners make use of thin needles to stimulate strategic points on the body to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, by inserting them through the skin. Research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s natural painkillers affecting areas in the brain involved in processing pain; also acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. Real acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic, such as low-back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.
Tai chi is characterized by deliberately slow, continuous, circular and rhythmic movements that were originally practiced as a martial art. Research findings suggest that practicing tai chi may improve balance and stability in older people, reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, alleviate back pain and to some degree it also helps people who suffer from Parkinson, overall Tai Chi promotes quality of life and improves mood in people with heart failure.
Today, many people worldwide regularly perform these exercises to promote health and may indeed derive health benefits from the exercise and relaxation.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese herbal formulas date to more than 2,200 years, TCM makes use of herbs and herbal formulas to help and strengthen organ function and improve health. A good understanding of the essence of various herbal components makes it possible to create a healing effect that goes beyond the chemical composition and physical properties of the herbs. For a plant to be included in the Chinese apothecary, every part of it has to be identified for a different healing purpose.