Traditional Chinese Medicine, otherwise known as TCM, is a practice dating back to the Second Century B.C., and therefore has solid roots and history. TCM is used by not only the Chinese, but is now widespread throughout the United States and many other countries throughout the world. There are three main components to TCM in the USA, which are Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and Tai Chi.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese Herbal Medicine is exactly as it states, an herbal form of a specific type of medicine intended to relieve, alleviate or treat any specific type of ailment or illness. Many different types of herbs, minerals, plants, seeds, and even animal products are used in these types of medicines. Generally, these medications are administered through capsules, teas, powders or extracts. There are also other ways to take these medicines which are less common.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the technique of applying pressure and stimulation through use of small needles to various parts on the body for relief of various ailments or for stress related reasons. This is one of the most well-known aspects of TCM worldwide. These needles provide health benefits in various ways and are controlled by the person administrating them. In the USA, these professionals need to be well trained and experts in their field.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a very old practice of breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, and dance-like body movements to stimulate the mind and spirit. Tai Chi is considered to be the most safe form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is commonly used around the world.
More about Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown through clinical studies as well as purported by those who engage in it to be an extremely effective type of medicine as far as alternative medicines are concerned. There has been some controversy as to whether or not it is actually safe, at least in terms of the herbal medications. Sometimes, these medications have the ability to interfere with other medications or medical conditions which are already established or ongoing, therefore extreme caution should be taken before beginning any new herbal medication. It is always good practice to check with your physician first before engaging in any new medication to ensure complications don’t arise.
There have also been some case studies which show acupuncture to be dangerous, but the risk is extremely rare. This has usually only happened when the person administering the needles has used unclean, used needles as opposed to new needles from a fresh package. This is, again, a rare occurrence. More than likely, you will have a wonderful outcome with your acupuncture experience.
Tai Chi can be an extremely effective method for treating and dealing with stress and emotional disturbances for those looking for a natural method. Much like meditation, tai chi is based on mind, body, and spirit. It involves relaxing breathing techniques which are learned, practiced, and applied – and many people find it to be a better experience than taking medications to treat many stress related disorders.