When Desiderius Erasmus quoted “Prevention is better than cure”, seems as though he summarised the fundamental principle behind Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM aims at treating the root cause of a disease laying stress on using natural medicines and therapeutics.
It is not only the use of Chinese herbal medicines, but it encompasses various other branches, including Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tui na and practising Tai chi & Qi gong.
It is believed that the origin of TCM goes back more than 2000-5000 years ago. The first written documentation on traditional Chinese medicine is the Hung-Di Nei-Jing or Yellow Emperor’s Cannon of Internal Medicine. Bian stone needles with sharp ends were most commonly used for bloodletting and pus removal. Whereas, Lancet shaped Bian stones were used to create incisions. And lastly, the club or round shaped bian stones are used for massage and heat application.
During the Zhou dynasty, the yin-yang theory, the five elements, and the meridians of acupuncture were discovered. The stone needles became obsolete and metal needles were commenced.
Interestingly, it was the Han dynasty when TCM blossomed at a very fast pace. This was the era of Confucius and invention of anaesthesia by Mafei San.
Nowadays Acupuncture is not only practised in China but is renowned worldwide for being the least invasive and safe method for treating various diseases. Acupuncture needles are used to stimulate certain points for relieving a vast range of disorders from fever to febrile disease.
Got a Toothache? Hegu (合谷穴) point:
Location: On the dorsum of the hand, between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.
Uses: Not only for a toothache but this point is also useful for treating a variety of ailments. Amenorrhea, Gastric pain, Common cold, Diseases of head and face, Pain in arm, finger spasm and various other maladies.
The good thing about TCM is that it can help the body to defend itself against diseases by boosting the immune system, therefore, it has lesser side effects. No matter whatever treatment you choose either Acupuncture or massage or Moxibustion it has been found effective for even those illnesses which sometimes western medicine fails to comprehend….