Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage, exercise and breathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet & lifestyle advice. The most popular forms of TCM health care are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has an uninterrupted history of development in China and other parts of East Asia dating back thousands of years. The primary feature of modern TCM is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual. Shequin Acupuncture of Encinitas subscribes to the principles of Chinese Medicine and Chinese herbal therapy.
TCM is based on the premise that Chi, the vital life force, circulates throughout the body along fourteen major channels, twelve of which are duplicated on the left and right sides of the body. The two other major channels are located in the center of the body, front and back. All of the channels are known as "meridians." Good health depends upon a free-flowing and balanced circulation of Chi throughout the meridians.
The primary treatment goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine is balance and harmonize Chi ("chee") and achieve equilibrium within & between the meridians so the body can heal itself. The meridians and Chi are integral concepts to understanding how acupuncture works. Get the answers that help you understand.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHI AND THE MERIDIANS
1. What are Meridians?
2. What is Chi?
3. What Happens When Chi is Unbalanced?
4. How Can Blocked or Unbalanced Chi be Treated?
Question #1: What are Meridians?
Over 3,000 years ago, Chinese physicians discovered that Chi, the vital force, circulates throughout the body along 14 major channels called meridians. Meridians form a highly complex, invisible network, transporting and directing Chi to every part of the body including head, arms, legs, torso, organs and systems. Good health is said to depend upon balanced circulation of Chi throughout the meridians.
The Chinese have mapped the locations of the meridians, and the "acupoints" within them, where Chi can be accessed and stimulated when there is a blockage of energy flow causing illness or poor health. These "points" are called "acupoints." Using ultra-thin needles or acupressure with fingers, acupuncturists are able to stimulate these vital points.
Question #2: What is "Chi"?
Chi means energy, and though Chi is invisible, its presence becomes especially apparent in the workings of the bodily organs and systems which require great energy reserves.
Chi is also known as "life force," and one's health depends upon a balanced distribution of Chi throughout the meridian network that influences organs as well as bodily functions. When Chi flows smoothly and harmoniously throughout the meridians, each bodily system and organ interacts with all others. Everything works together to make us feel whole and healthy, when Chi is balanced.
Question #3: What Happens When Chi is Unbalanced?
Chi is meant to flow freely throughout the meridian network, carrying vital force to the entire body. This is the essence of a balanced and harmoniously functioning body, also known as "good health."
Any sustained imbalance in the flow of Chi can cause ill-health. A blockage or disruption of Chi flow can cause pain. It is said, "Whenever there is pain, there is blocked Chi." There can be a deficiency of Chi in one area, and an excessive buildup in another. This could mean diminished activity in some organs and accelerated activity in others. Bottomline, this is unbalanced Chi and calls for the flow to be normalized through a skilled acupuncturist's care.
Question #4: How Can Blocked or Unbalanced Chi be Treated?
Acupuncturists use their refined skills with one or a number of techniques to administer effective treatment. The objective is to normalize flow and balance of Chi by stimulating various acupoints via needles or other means. The treatment plan generally calls for treating one to 12 or more points on each visit. Herbal therapies may also be prescribed.
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