So you consider yourself a healthy person. You eat your fruits and veggies and moderate your consumption of junk food. You get proper sleep and exercise… but you can’t help but feel bloated. You feel low on energy, maybe you have menstrual cycle issues or you just don’t feel as healthy as you believe you should be feeling…
That was me and still is me sometimes, but much less.
For the past two years, I have experimented with Traditional Chinese Medicine. I’ve gone to diverse styles of practitioners ranging from high end offices to little shacks in China Town, and in the end of the day all places follow the same procedure when diagnosing and prescribing treatment.
TCM has improved my overall health, and more specifically my cycles and my digestive system.
To those that aren’t familiar with it I just thought it would be nice to share the basics of it in case you decide to explore it yourself. Specially if you’ve had a health issue for a while or if you want a holistic approach to health.
There’s a lot to TCM but i’ll try to cut it short and to the point:
- It is the oldest healing system in the planet
- It focuses on curing the root of the problem instead of only the symptom
- It is based on the Yin and Yang theory of balance and harmony
- Practitioners in the field may prescribe herbs to balance out your Yin and Yang
- Acupuncture, Tai chi and cupping are all part of TCM
- TCM is based on prevention and can heal diseases western medicine is incapable of healing.
- There are no harmful side affects on TMC
- It is a holistic approach to the body as a whole. It examines the mind and body.
- It believes you were born with a self-healing ability
- It believes your body is an integrated whole. Meaning everything is connected
These are key points of TCM.
TCM sees health issues as disharmony on the body. The way to solve the issue is by creating balance again.
What to expect when you book an appointment? Can you Diagnose yourself?
You will fill out your health history and the doctor will examine your tongue. This is what the doctor can tell by analyzing your tongue and now you can too by looking in the mirror! ( These pictures are not mine, they are borrowed from google page)
Ok, how cool is that? You can get a diagnosis by looking in the mirror.
Second, they check your pulses in various spots on your wrist to check the function of different organs.
So by checking your pulses they can tell if there is something off balance. For example:
From these two types of diagnosis, they can prescribe herbs and practices that bring your body back to balance depending on you specific situation.
The first time I went to one I found out I had many more internal issues than I thought. The way I was eating my food was restricting my body from absorbing all the nutrients. Why is that?
There’s so much too it! This is just the basics of TCM diagnosis. If you’re interested in learning more comment below! I can make more in the depth posts about my personal health experience with TCM , Yin and Yang, Types of herbs, as well as go more into HOW we should consume our food to get the most nutrients and maintain healthy digestion.
Personally I was really interested on how the different foods affected our body and specific organs and so my practitioner suggested this book:
It’s a great guide to TCM and has a lot of valuable information on the ingredients we eat!
Also covers topics like
- Diagnostic Patterns
- 300 common foods
- 150 western herbs
TCM is all about prevention, so the earlier we follow some basic habits to take care of our body the least likely our body is like to give up on us or develop disease.