Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) developed over thousands of years of trial, explorations, and healthcare for the longest surviving civilization on our planet. TCM takes the concept of holism as its fundamental principle: everything is interconnected, the outside with the inside, man with nature, interrelatedness of bodily organs, food as medicine, emotion as influencing physical health, and other similar concepts. TCM also emphasizes balance: the need for rest, just as for work; the need for cool, just as for warmth.
Throughout the ages, traditional Chinese medicine made its way into the home, such that families used principles, concepts, and techniques at home to ensure optimal health, cure ailments, and prevent disease.
With this guide, you can bring some of the easiest and most effective uses of Chinese medicine into your home to benefit from millennia of healthcare experience.
First, foods that are popular in East Asia but less familiar in the West that you should be including in your diet, as well as eating and cooking tips.
Second, keys points on the body—commonly called acupressure or acupuncture points—that are very effective at relieving headaches, insomnia, nausea, and other common complaints.
Third, massage techniques, many of which you can do on yourself, for nasal congestion, indigestion, and eye strain.
After reading this guide, the following are conditions you should be able to improve without taking pills, without going to the
doctor, and without needles or injections:
- Eye strain
- Nasal congestion
- Appetite control
This guide is meant to be used for prevention or in the earlier stages of discomfort. It is not a cure for advanced conditions and should not replace the advice of your health practitioner.
Toffler Niemuth received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California. She has pursued advanced studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University and cooperated on authoring Dr. Zhang YiFang's newest book on functional foods of Chinese medicine. Ms. Niemuth is an advanced speaker of Mandarin Chinese and has trained in acupuncture hospitals in Hangzhou, China.