How does a TCM practitioner identify and treat disease?
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to enable the body to achieve a balanced state of health. This plan may include one or several of the following:
– Traditional Chinese herbal formulas
– Tui Na massage
– Diet therapy
– Qi Gong and Meditation practices
– Lifestyle changes and exercise
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and TCM. However, some conditions that have developed over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment.