TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a result of the battles ancient Chinese had against diseases over many years. It almagmates the experiences and the methodologies tried and tested by many generations.

 

The TCM philosophy is based on the fundamental concepts of

  •  Yin and yang (“阴/阳”),
  • The five elements (“五行”), and
  • Regulation of harmony within ourselves and with the external environment.

 

TCM diagnosis and treatment take on a holistic perspective using the viscera and pathology as foundation.  According to TCM, the five viscera, that include our heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys (including urinary bladder) are our yin; while our small intestines, gall bladder, stomach, large intestines and the “triple energiser” (“三焦”) are our yang.  The tendons and bones are yin, while the skin is yang.

 

The five elements refer to wood, fire, earth, metal and water, which correspond to the different organs and parts of our body:

  • Wood corresponds to the liver, tendons and eyes;
  • Fire corresponds to the heart, blood vessels and tongue;
  • Earth corresponds to the spleen, flesh and mouth;
  • Metal corresponds to the lungs, skin, hair and nose; and
  • Water corresponds to the kidneys, bones and ears.

 

As these elements are inter-linked, the states of the health of these organs are highly inter-connected as well.  It thus explains why sometimes a liver disease will affect the spleen, and in treating a deficiency in the lungs, it is necessary to strengthen the spleen while toning up the lungs.

 

From the TCM perspective, the common causes of ailments are as follows,

  •  The six external energies prevalent in the ever changing climatic conditions, i.e. wind, cold, summer heart, dampness, dryness and fire, are capable attacking us through the mouth, nose and skin;
  • The seven emotions affecting our mental state, i.e. joy, anger, worry, contemplation, sorrow, fear and shock can hurt us from within. For example, anger affects the liver and the patient may vomit blood or experience diarrhea. On the other hand, too much joy in the form of excessive partying can cause heart palpitations; and
  • Foods and fatigue, such as overeating, smoking, too much oily food, over-working, affect our overall well-being as well.

 

TCM philosophy also advocates keeping fit through qi-gong (“气功”)as a form of preventive and remedial exercise that helps to regulate our breathing and strengthen us mentally and physically.

 

The TCM approach to healthy living is thus a wholesome, holistic and highly integrated one. Let Kin Teck Tong be your partner in TCM health.