Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese massage, Chinese spa. Yin and Yang, History of Chinese Medicine. Photos

Hainan Island, China



Hainan island
Hainan island, China

Hainan island, China. Chinese medicine centre
Hainan island, China. Tai Chi, Chinese medicine centre

Chinese medicine: acupuncture
Chinese medicine: acupuncture methods for loss weight.
Doctor Zhen. Tai Chi, Chinese medicine centre, Hainan Island
China. Warm and sunny Hainan island is one of the best places to travel in November - April: the weather is fine, the bright sun, the blue skies and low rainfall make your vacation more enjoyable. You can swim, go for trips and you can try the Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine will improve your health and even help you to lose weight!

Chinese medicine methods: acupuncture
All needles are Disposable

Chinese medicine: acupuncture methods for weight loss
Acupuncture methods for weight loss

Chinese medicine: acupuncture chart
Acupuncture chart

Acupuncture: thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine. They say, acupuncture is a pseudoscience. There is a diverse range of acupuncture theories based on different philosophies, and acupuncture techniques vary depending on the country. The method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine is likely the most widespread in the US. It is most often used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions. Acupuncture is generally used only in combination with other forms of treatment.
Acupuncture is a important part of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). Early acupuncture beliefs relied on concepts that are common in TCM, such as a life force energy - qi. Qi was believed to flow from the body's primary organs to the "superficial" body tissues of the skin, tendons, muscles, bones and joints through channels called meridians. Acupuncture points where needles are inserted are mainly found at locations along the meridians.

Chinese massage
Chinese massage (tui na)

Chinese massage tiu na
Tui na is very effective

Chinese medicine methods
Chinese medicine methods

Herbal therapy, next to dietary therapy, is perhaps the most widely used Traditional Chinese Medicine
NEVER take any herbs or supplements without first checking with your doctor!

Chinese SPA
Chinese SPA

Traditional Chinese medicine is a style of traditional Asian medicine built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of medical practice but informed by modern medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine includes various forms of herbal medicine, massage, acupuncture, exercise and dietary therapy. One of the basic tenets of Traditional Chinese medicine "holds that the body's vital energy (chi or qi) circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions." Traditional Chinese medicine is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach.

Yin and yang are ancient Chinese concepts which can be traced back to the Shang dynasty (1600–1100 BC). They represent two abstract and complementary aspects that every phenomenon in the universe can be divided into. Primordial analogies for these aspects are the sun-facing (yang) and the shady (yin) side of a hill. Two other commonly used representational allegories of yin and yang are water and fire.

Yin and yang symbol for balance. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, good health is believed to be achieved by a balance between yin and yang.

History of Chinese medicine

Traces of therapeutic activities in China date from the Shang dynasty (14th–11th centuries BC). Though the Shang did not have a concept of "medicine" as distinct from other fields, their oracular inscriptions on bones and tortoise shells refer to illnesses that affected the Shang royal family: toothaches, eye disorders, abdomen, bloated etc., which Shang elites usually attributed to curses sent by their ancestors. There is no evidence that the Shang nobility used herbal remedies. According to a 2006 overview, the "Documentation of Chinese materia medica (CMM) dates back to around 1,100 BC when only dozens of drugs were first described. By the end of the 16th century, the number of drugs documented had reached close to 1,900. And by the end of the last century, published records of CMM had reached 12,800 drugs."

Stone and bone needles found in ancient tombs led Joseph Needham to speculate that acupuncture might have been carried out in the Shang dynasty. This being said, most historians now make a distinction between medical lancing (or bloodletting) and acupuncture in the narrower sense of using metal needles to treat illnesses by stimulating specific points along circulation channels ("meridians") in accordance with theories related to the circulation of Qi. The earliest evidence for acupuncture in this sense dates to the first or second  century BC.

The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon, the oldest received work of Chinese medical theory, was compiled around the first century BC on the basis of shorter texts from different medical lineages. It offers explanations on the relation between humans, their environment, and the cosmos, on the contents of the body, on human vitality and pathology, on the symptoms of illness, and on how to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions in light of all these factors. Unlike earlier texts like Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments, which was excavated in the 1970s from a tomb that had been sealed in 168 BC, the Inner Canon rejected the influence of spirits and the use of magic. It was also one of the first books in which the cosmological doctrines of Yinyang and the Five Phases were brought to a mature synthesis.

The Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders and Miscellaneous Illnesses was collated by Zhang Zhongjing sometime between 196 and 220 CE; at the end of the Han dynasty. Focusing on drug prescriptions rather than acupuncture, it was the first medical work to combine Yinyang and the Five Phases with drug therapy. This formulary was also the earliest public Chinese medical text to group symptoms into clinically useful "patterns"  that could serve as targets for therapy. Having gone through numerous changes over time, the formulary now circulates as two distinct books: the Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders and the Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Casket, which were edited separately in the eleventh century, under the Song dynasty.

In the centuries that followed the completion of the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon, several shorter books tried to summarize or systematize its contents. The Canon of Problems (probably second century CE) tried to reconcile divergent doctrines from the Inner Canon and developed a complete medical system centered on needling therapy. The AB Canon of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Zhenjiu jiayi jing 針灸甲乙經, compiled by Huangfu Mi sometime between 256 and 282 CE) assembled a consistent body of doctrines concerning acupuncture; whereas the Canon of the Pulse presented itself as a "comprehensive handbook of diagnostics and therapy."

In 1950, Chairman Mao Zedong made a speech in support of traditional Chinese medicine which was influenced by political necessity. Zedong believed he and the Chinese Communist Party should promote traditional Chinese medicine but he did not personally believe in TCM and he did not use it. In 1952, the president of the Chinese Medical Association said that, "This One Medicine, will possess a basis in modern natural sciences, will have absorbed the ancient and the new, the Chinese and the foreign, all medical achievements—and will be China’s New Medicine!"

Historical physicians:

Zhang Zhongjing, Tao Hongjing, Hua Tuo, Sun Simiao, Li Shizhen, and Zhang Jiegu.

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