Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an Eastern discipline. As an Eastern discipline, it means that it doesn’t follow Western medical practices, which is why some people see this as fraudulent or incongruent with Western medicine. I want to study acupuncture and other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine as I got hooked in one Qigong class. Acupuncture can calm my rage issues, including my anxiety. Acupuncture really does work. In this, I’m not a skeptic. Acupuncture does involve needles stuck into meridian points all over the body. Acupuncture must be performed using sterile needles. However, you have to be wary of Chinese herbal products, which are contaminated with drugs, toxins, or heavy metals.
Moxibustion is something I have never experienced but I vouch for acupuncture anyway. Tui na is a Chinese therapeutic massage, something I do not know that much about but I can try to do research for this article. There are other forms of traditional Asian medicine besides acupuncture, in East and South Asian countries such as Japan, where traditional medicine is called Kampo, and Korea. Tai chi is another aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine that I have personal experience with because I practiced it for like four years, wanting to become a teacher until I blew out my knee by dislocating it completely, even while having a fractured tibia in one day.
In the United States, however, herbal medicine is labeled a dietary supplement and this is something you have to be careful with, as some herbs are safe while others may cause heart attacks, such as ephedra causing heart attack and stroke. Cupping is another practice where a heated cup is applied to the skin temporarily since it is a good idea to tell your Western medicine doctor why you have marks on your skin that could be mistaken for physical abuse or illness.
In Chinese medicine, you have five elements instead of the four found in modern witchcraft. These elements are fire, earth, wood, metal, and water. Chinese medicine strives to work with Qi or Chi, an energy that exists in the body, keeping it functional as well as alive. Acupuncture serves to relive many pain related situations. If I recall my Qigong class, TCM also helps paranoia and mental health-related pain. TCM tries to teach a life of balance, and harmony. Chinese medicine views the body as an integrated whole along with a connection to nature, which is why modern pagans use TCM quite often.
The body is viewed as being connected to a larger universe, kind of like the Force from Star Wars. Prevention of illness is the best treatment for making sure that illness doesn’t come around so often. TCM teaches users that they have to pay attention to their bodies in order to get well. I would like to learn TCM in addition to psychiatry and actually integrate it into my practice if possible. Practitioners of TCM have to know where the needle goes if they have to make such decisions about a patient.
Acupuncture points exist all over the body. Meridians are like energy lines on the human body that reflect energy lines on the earth which are called ley lines as a parallel since we humans evolved on this planet.
There are twelve primary meridians, connected to the organs, transporting Qi and Blood to the rest of the body. 8 extraordinary vessels serve to connect the twelve primary meridians. The 12 divergent meridians connect the wei (defensive), as well as the yuan (parental) qi (AM College). Qi flows all over your body, with the 12 major meridians being the primary ways Qi can be channeled or directed throughout the body. These are just the fundamental principles behind Chinese medicine.