Basic concepts of Chinese medicine. Is Chinese Medicine safe for peoples?

Eastern or Chinese medicine – is a medicine system that partly based on the idea that the subtlest energy, called “qi” in the body causes the energy flows, called meridians. According to this idea, if the flow of “qi” is blocked or unbalanced, disease may occur. China doctors have practiced Chinese medicine for thousands years, and even today it is popular in many Western countries.

Reasons “qi” instability are including:

  • External forces such as wind, cold or heat.
  • The internal forces, ie emotions (happiness, anger or fear).
  • Lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, lack of sleep or alcohol overconsumption.

Another important concept in Chinese medicine – is an “yin” and “yang”. This concept suggests that all things, including the body, consist of opposites and contrasts, called “yin” and “yang”. Health depends on the balance of these forces. Chinese medicine focuses on how to maintain the balance of Yin and Yan, they helps people to stay healthy and prevent disease. Chinese doctors are looking at the balance of body, mind and spirit for understanding – how to restore qi, yin and yang balance, and as a result – to restore a good health.

Why to use Chinese medicine?

People use Chinese medicine for the treatment of many diseases: asthma, allergies, cancer, infertility. Chinese doctors can use several types of treatment for restoring the balance of qi:

  • Acupuncture, which uses thin metal needles placed on the body.
  • Acupressure treatment working with energy, that flows along meridians of the body.
  • Chinese combination of herbs, roots, powders, or animal body parts to restore balance in the body.
  • Diet. Yin and yang foods can help restore balance in the body.
  • Massage on specific areas of the body or along the meridians of the body.
  • Cauterizing certain points on the body, using a small amount of hot vegetable fibers or wormwood cigars.
  • Qi Gong method which uses body movement, special breathing exercises and meditation.

Is Chinese Medicine safe for peoples?

Studies in China and around the world have shown that Chinese medicine can be useful for many types of diseases. Since Chinese medicine is different from western medical practice in the methods of diagnosis and in  the treatment methods – it is difficult to apply Western scientific standards to this medicine. For example, in the western medical practice any two people with the same infection (eg, sinusitis) can be treated with the standard course of antibiotics. But in Chinese medicine, each person may receive different treatment of the same disease, depending on the person’s own Qi and Yin and Yan balance. However, conducted studies have shown that the traditional Chinese herbal medicines may cause side effects and allergic reactions. So, before you start using any of the Chinese methods of treatment, consult with your doctor about traditional medicines sold without prescription or about other natural supplements that you plan to buy.

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