When you hear someone talking about “Traditional Chinese Medicine” you probably think about acupuncture, or how much needles freak you out. And while acupuncture is a big part of TCM, there are many other aspects that make up the medicine. In today’s “In Caring Hands” we’re highlighting four practices within Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Tai chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves gentle, dance-like body movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).
Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.
The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.
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