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The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in the very early stages of human history approximately 3,000 years ago. The core philosophy of TCM acknowledges the significance of a person’s lifestyle, mind, body, emotions, and spirit in identifying the underlying cause of a health problem. Once the root cause is understood, various techniques are used to reverse patterns of imbalance and prevent future relapse. Chinese Medicine is also known as Oriental Medicine or Asian Medicine.
TCM is not tied to a particular religion or belief system. Many of the theories fundamental to TCM have no counterpart in Western medicine and therefore sound foreign and unfamiliar. One such notion is qi (‘chee’) defined as our vital life force or energy. These concepts were born out of an ancient culture to explain natural phenomena that humans experience, regardless of culture, ethnicity, or belief systems. Chinese medicinal treatment is now used all over the world by practitioners of all races, nationalities, religions, and genders. It has evolved and adapted as it blends with the cultural and medical understandings of different communities.
Underlying the practice of Asian Medicine is a unique view of the world and the human body that is based on the ancient Chinese perception that everything in the universe is interconnected. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The systems and components of the body are not viewed separately, but as parts of a unified energetic system. The qi (energy) moves through channels called meridians and is responsible for this interconnection. Unimpeded energy flow promotes and maintains health, while any stagnation of qi can lead to disease. In addition, qi has two aspects. There are Yin and Yang energies in the body that need to be in balance for there to be good health.
Asian Medicine practitioners use a variety of therapies to balance the qi, yin, and yang. The most commonly used are herbal medicines. TCM therapies include:
● Herbal Medicine – medicinal use of plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers
● Food Therapy – customized dietary plans
Merge Medical Center offers Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the Charleston area to provide alternatives to conventional approaches. We use an integrated medicine model that combines aspects of conventional western medicine with holistic medicine, homeopathy, and functional medicine.
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