Introduction to TCM
Basics of TCM
• Yin-Yang | Five Elements
• Zang Organs | Fu Organs
Classification of Antineoplastic Herbal Medicines
Characteristics of Herbal Medicines
• By Auscultation & Olfaction
• By Inspection
Theories of Channels (Meridians) and Collaterals
Reference: A Modern View of the Immune System
Differentiation of Syndromes
• 8 Principles
• 6 Channels 4 Stages
• Syndromes of Zang-Fu Organs
• Pathogenic Factors
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Auscultation and Olfaction
Auscultation (listening) and olfaction (smelling) are two methods
used to diagnose a disease.
Listening to the Voice
Speaking Voice: Generally, speaking in a loud and sonorous voice
indicates syndromes of heat or shi type, while a feeble, low voice
indicates syndromes of the cold or xu type.
Disordered Speaking: Speaking incoherently and loudly or
deliriously indicates shi syndrome. Speaking verbosely, feebly,
and intermittently indicates syndromes of the xu type. Muttering
to oneself denotes qi deficiency of the heart. Stuttering speech
suggests upward disturbance of wind-phlegm.
Listening to the Respiration
Feeble Breathing: Feeble breathing accompanied by shortness of breath
usually indicates xu syndromes.
Coarse Breathing: Forceful breathing with a coarse voice belongs
to the shi heat type syndromes. Asthma with feeble, short breathing
is a category of xu type asthma.
Listening to the Cough
Course coughing usually indicates shi type syndromes. A low cough
with weak breathing indicates xu syndromes.
Foul breath is due to pathogenic heat in the stomach, indigestion,
caries, and an unclean mouth. Sour breath indicates food accumulation
in the stomach.
The offensive smell of a secretion or excretion including stool,
urine, sputum, pus, leukorrhea, etc., usually indicates heat syndromes
of the shi type. A stinking smell usually indicates cold syndromes
of the xu type.
Palpation is a method of diagnosis using the hand to touch, feel,
and press certain areas of the body to ascertain the patient's
disease condition. Generally there are two types: Pulse Feeling and
Read more on Inquiring.
WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?|
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With over 3000 years of experience, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has
remain one of the many fascinating areas in ancient Chinese culture.
First known to be documented in the Yellow Emperor's Canon of Medicine,
TCM is believed to have been practised in as early as 475 to 221 B.C.
The field of working knowledge of TCM stretches from anything related to
general healthcare practice to the philosophy of the mind, the logic of life,
religion, and even to as far as cosmology and astronumerology. This is why
in order to thoroughly understand the concepts behind TCM, one must be
comprehensive in learning and embracing the Chinese culture as a whole.
Just as Douglas Hoff put it when he explained about accupuncture, "The systems
of TCM uses the concepts of elements and meridians and are completely immersed
in the Asian cosmology which takes shape through the religions." The meridian-brain mechanism,
the fundamental working concept of acupuncture, in which the pain block from the message
that the needle or burning cone of herbs gives to the point of stimulus,
was only found centuries later by the West through science and technology.
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR – MARCH 2020
Thank you for visiting this TCM and acupuncture information website.
If you have previously been to this website, you might have
noticed that some of the pages on ancient historical ideas and
holistic thinkings related to Chinese metaphysics are temporarily taken offline.
This is because I will be revamping the whole website and be moving
those information into a new \"Ancient Chinese Culture\" section
so as to reflect a more current perspective on the interpretation
of some of the fundamental concepts as well as to include
some of the latest information in the area.
But if you have just found this website for the very first time, I welcome you again and
wish you could find what you require and, hopefully, you could also be benefitted
from reading the articles I published on this website.
Please be patient and do come and check out this website frequently as it's being revamped.
Raymond Cheng, PhD DPA FRSA FRSPH
March 28, 2020.
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