I’ve been introduced to Chinese Medicine at a young age, but have not fully grasped into the theory and practice. This summer, I was given a wonderful opportunity to be in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Department in Hong Kong. There are so many things to learn in Chinese Medicine, but I will write about some of the diagnosis/treatment that I was mostly exposed to.

THEORY:

**disclaimer: I won’t elaborate upon the theory as I have only experienced Chinese Medicine for a brief amount of time. But check out the link below that goes more in-depth. My professor actually recommended the website to me.

1.Yin and Yang Theory:
Okay, so generally the Yin and Yang Theory solely focus in on balance between one another. Yin is seen as brightness or femininity, whereas yang is seen as darkness, or masculinity. The yin and yang theory then evolved into the different elements: wood, water ,fire, earth, and metal. From there, if there is an imbalance of the yin and yang, then the organ has an excess of function, which throws off the five elements. With that, Chinese Medicine aims to either tonify the yin/yang (whichever the disease stemmed from) or dispense it.

2. Illness Theory:

The Chinese Medicine Theory about illness is similar to the western medicine theory.
illnesses theory from the Chinese Medicine usually derives from certain aspects, such as: diet/nutrition, trauma, incorrect treatment, etc.

DIAGNOSIS:

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Tongue– The tongue is definitely the biggest diagnostic factor. With that TCM Practitioners identify the type of illness that an individual can have based off of the color, shape, and texture of the tongue.

TREATMENT:

 

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Acupuncture:
Before I dive into the purpose of acupuncture, I’ll just briefly go over the main organs that Chinese Medicine focuses on, which are the following: liver, heart,kidney, lungs, and the spleen. In order to treat a patient with acupuncture, TCM practitioners usethe human body merridiam to detect to focus on where the needles should go. For example, if a patient has GI problems, the acupuncture needles would mostly focus in on the merridium that mostly connects to the Liver, Heart, and Kidney.

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Bird Seed Acupressure:

This treatment is definitely similar to acupuncture where a location of acupressure is identified.

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Cupping
(I won’t elaborate on this since it’s pretty common)

Slapping of the knee
This method is used to improve circulation. In Chinese Medicine, it’s used to improve blood circulation. So a patient would come in, and the TCM Practitioner would slap the area where it i

HERB MAKING:

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This was pretty interesting watching the TCM pharmacist make their own medicine. The method of processing the ingredients and turn it into a herb was pretty interesting. First off, they were given a list of ingredients to make, such as dried longan, dried leaves, etc, and then weigh them together (similar to weighing powder), then they would boil them together, put it into a plastic, then have their patients pick it up.

Overall, shadowing the Traditional Chinese Medicine Department was an eye-opening experience. It taught me more about what a huge part culture plays into medicine. If you all definitely get the chance to, I would definitely recommend shadowing a TCM practitioner. Also, check out the link below to learn more about Chinese Medicine.

https://www.sacredlotus.com/go/foundations-chinese-medicine/get/6-extraordinary-organs-chinese-medicine

 

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