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
• Exogenous | Pestilential | Emotional
• Pathogenic Factors
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Differentiation of Syndromes
Differentiation of syndromes is a method of understanding and diagnosing
disease by the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. The diagnostic
procedure involves an analysis of the clinical data regarding symptoms,
physical signs, and disease history, together with information obtained
from an application of the four diagnostic methods. Only correct
differentiation can give a correct diagnosis and thus a suitable method
of treatment. Therefore the four diagnostic methods are the basis of
the differentiation of syndromes, and the differentiation of syndromes
is the basis of clinical treatment. Furthermore, the effect of clinical
treatment is the criteria of judgment for the correctness of the deduced
differentiation. These three aspects form an organic connection - a
basic law of diagnosis and treatment in traditional Chinese medicine,
that is, "applying the treatment on the basis of differentiating
There are a variety of methods for differentiating syndromes:
differentiation according to the eight principles; according to the
theory of zang-fu organs; according to the theory of six channels;
accord to the theory of wei, qi, ying, and xue; according to the theory
of the sanjiao; according to the theory of qi, blood, and body fluids;
according to etiology, etc. Each of these methods has its own
characteristics and emphasis, while in clinical practice they are
interrelated with each other and complement each other. Regarding
content, the differentiation of syndromes according to the eight
principles is the dominant procedure and the differentiation of
syndromes according to the theory of zang-fu organs is the basis of
all the other methods. Other methods of differentiation can be separated
from these two. Therefore this book mainly introduces the method of
differentiating syndromes according to the eight principles and the
theory of zang-fu organs.
More about differentiation of syndromes according to
the Eight Principles, Zang-Fu Organs and the Theories of the Six Channels, including
Four Stages of or Wei, Qi, Ying and Xue, and Sanjiao.
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 – OCTOBER 2012
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 have recently started to revamp the whole website
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, 2014.
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