Copyright ©2001 by Xu XiangCai:
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a discipline that deals with human physiology, pathology, diagnosis and the treatment and prevention of diseases.
TCM encompasses a specific, integrated system of theory, which comes from a history of several thousand years of clinical experience. TCM develops from the experience of the Chinese people in their long struggle against diseases.
As a result, TCM has contributed a great deal to the promotion of health and prosperity of the Chinese nation and to the further development of medical sciences all over the world as well.
The theoretical system of TCM consists of the theories of Yin and Yang, the five elements, Zang Fu organs, meridians, pathogenesis, syndrome and techniques of diagnosis.
It also includes the therapeutic principles of health preservation and the six natural factors. It is a theoretical system much influenced by ancient materialism and dialectics, with the doctrine on Yin and Yang and the concept of integrated whole as its guiding principle.
This concept is based in the physiology and pathology of the Zang Fu organs and meridians. The diagnostic and therapeutic features of TCM include bianzheng lunzhi , which is a selection of treatment based on differential diagnosis.
Mr Xu XiangCai is a teacher at the Shangdong College of TCM. An excerpt of his book can be downloaded here.
Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of Chinese Medicine. But although acupuncture has been around for thousands of years in the East, here in the West it is still growing in popularity and acceptance.
“In search of… Acupuncture” Season 5, Ep.9
Original broadcast: 15 November 1980. Leonard Nimoy narrates.