Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The traditional Chinese medicine is about 2000-3000 years old system. A Chinese heritage, this is now getting spread across the globe because of its high affectivity. Abbreviated as TCM, it adopts a holistic approach and tries to heal the cause of the disease instead of just the disease.

The basic principle of Chinese medicine is that our body is composed of five different elements, i.e., water, fire, earth, metal, and wood. Any illness and disease in the body are caused due to an imbalance in these five elements. The balance is achieved by the flow of energy inside the body along pathways called as meridians. This flow of energy is termed as chi. Sometimes their smooth flow gets obstructed causing disorders in the body. A healthy mind and body are achieved only with proper and balanced co ordination of energy, body organs, and the five elements.

This system adopts various methods to help anybody achieve and maintain this homeostasis. While all adopt the basic principle of energy pathways, they reach it via different methods. Some of them are:-


This system inserts special pointed needles in specific points on the body which are referred to as acupuncture points. All these points are on the meridians. By pressing these points with needles, the obstruction is removed. This causes the muscles to relax and blood flow to increase and healing of the body occurs.

Cupping therapy

Here small plastic cups are used for healing. Using them, a suction or vacuum is achieved at the points of pain. Because of suction, heat gets generated at that point which causes an increased blood flow in the area. It also helps release the accumulated toxins at that point. This treatment is mostly performed on the back and has proven highly effective in inducing relaxation.


It is similar to cupping theory. However, instead of cups, moxa wool derived from the herbal plant Mugwort is used. A stick of moxa wool is placed at a small distance away from the part to be treated. The stick is burnt, and its fumes and heat seep on the distressed part to induce healing.

Chinese herbal medicine

Mother Nature has a bounty of herbs with therapeutic properties. Chinese medicine believes that each herb has any of the five temperatures, i.e., hot, cool, cold, warm and neutral. Based on your body symptoms and body temperature, the herbalist prescribes you an herb which can be applied topically on the body as oils and pastes or consumed orally.

All methods are completely safe and without any side effects.