There has been a growing public interest in Chinese medicine as more people experience relief from their illnesses using acupuncture and Chinese herbs.   This article describes in detail of exactly how and why the Chinese medicine works, including:

  • A brief history of Chinese medicine
  • Diseases which can be treated using Chinese medicine
  • An explanation of Qi, or energy flow, throughout the body
  • How the Qi flow is central to our well-being
  • What Chinese medicine can do to improve your Qi

Chinese medicine is acknowledged in the scientific community as being effective in healing various symptoms.  For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a list of ailments for which Chinese medicine is considered appropriate treatment. They include:

  • Infections- colds and flu, bronchitis, hepatitis
  • Internal- hypoglycemia, asthma, high blood pressure, ulcers, colitis, indigestion, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes
  • Eyes, ears, nose and throat-deafness, ringing in the ears, earaches, poor eye sight, dizziness, sinus infection, sore throat, hay fever
  • Dermatological- eczema, acne
  • Muscular, skeletal and neurologic- arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, headache, stroke, cerebral palsy, polio, sprains
  • Mental, emotional- anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia
  • Genito urinary and reproductive- impotence, infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), pelvic inflammatory disease, vaginitis, irregular period or cramps, morning sickness

Chinese medicine is one of the oldest medical disciplines in the world. Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (the Huang Di Nei Ching Su Wen), written approximately around 300 B.C., is considered the world’s oldest medical text book. It contains detailed information about acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The mere fact that such information is still actively used in modern times is a strong indication of the powerful healing potential of the Chinese approach to medicine.

However, Chinese medicine is unlike Western medicine in that it uses a different concept of the human body. Chinese medicine recognizes energy flow, or Qi flow, and the paths of the Qi flow are called meridians.

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