What is traditional Chinese medicine?

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What is traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient system of healing that places special emphasis on the recovery of homeostasis or organic balance, using natural remedies, non-aggressive, like acupuncture, traditional massage, the use of medicinal plants or gymnastics (Qi Gong).

His approach, is characterized by see the patient holistically, considering aspects such as diet, lifestyle, environment,  psychology or place of residence or work.


Acupuncture is par excellence, the most popular branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whose foundations were laid for nearly 3000 years. This involves the application of thin needles at specific points, in order to heal the body through rebalance.

See what happens on the outside, to understand what going on inside, is one of the highlights points in the traditional Chinese diagnosis. Our body is crossed by a  without number of dots, that surround it as a network. In case of illness, appear in many of these points, reactions that can serve as a guide by the acupuncturist for diagnosis and treatment. These were standardized by the Traditional Chinese Medicine, which grouped in energy related dotted lines with a common origin, organs and entrails. What we know in the West popularly as meridians. where circulates our energy Qi that the acupuncturist seeks to regularize by inserting needles.

Acupuncture is recognized internationally by the World Health Organization for its usefulness in the treatment of numerous ailments. This is no excuse however, in most cases to skip the diagnosis and treatment from your doctor, which must prevail before deciding to go to consultation with the acupuncturist.

Through acupuncture can treat include:

  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Imbalances of the menstrual cycle
  • Digestive problems
  • Trauma recovery
  • Allergies


The Chinese herbal medicine in the West is not yet as well known as acupuncture, although their effectiveness and the virtual absence of side effects, surpassing number of adherents. Paradoxically in China, herbal medicine grows in popularity of acupuncture as a therapeutic method. Its history goes back more than 3000 years, and employs remedies animals, vegetables and minerals.

From the 13 formulas described in the Huang Di Neijing (Book of the Yellow Emperor Internal) almost 2500 years, to 1892 plants and over 11,000 treatments Ben Cao Gang Mu  from Li Zhi Zhen in the sixteenth century, there is a great difference.

The herbal medicine is practiced today in large number of hospitals in China, where parallel is investigated scientifically to determine the processes involved in healing and to go further in the development of new drugs.

The plants can be ingested as a tea, although the use of tablets due to its convenience, it is becoming more popular every day.

Chinese Traditional Massage Tui-na

Tuina is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whose theoretical system is established based on abundant clinical experience since its inception.

Its therapeutic principles similar to those of acupuncture summary: toning empty and disperse  fullness, resulting in enhancing the own organic resistance for weakness and eliminate the pathogen if needed. Adjust the balance between Yin and Yang and restore harmony in blood and energy.

The therapy involves making hand movements on the body surface in certain areas and at key points.

The therapeutic efficacy of hand movements depends on the following factors:

  • The nature and intensity of the movements.
  • From the peculiarity of the preset zones.
  • Points where implement such motion

According to the nature and intensity of movement and or where it was applied, Tuina therapy has eight methods: heat, tone, unblock, evacuate, sweat, harmonize, disperse and remove


Cupping therapy is a healing method used by different cultures for hundreds of years and being particularly popular in Arabic and Chinese traditional medicines.

This consists of the application on the surface of the body of glass or bamboo cups. These adhering thereto by the vacuum generated after the introduction, inside the cup, of an incandescent cotton ball after being dipped in alcohol aided by forceps or scissors. The cups are preferably applied  in acupuncture points, and it  can be to some extent a substitute for acupuncture therapy.

Cupping therapy is pleasant and painless therapy, the only drawback are small marks at the site of application of the cup, which disappear within a few days.

Among the benefits we highlight:

  • Relieves pain
  • Helps eliminate fat and toxins
  • Promotes blood and lymphatic circulation
  • It has self-regulating effect, eliminating the cold, heat and humidity
  • Strengthens tendons and relaxes muscles
  • Improves digestion and elimination of stools
  • Relieves stress and anxiety