Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as any health system, aims to preserve and restore the health of individuals. But as energy medicine, it searches energy balance in order to restore health.
To regain this state of energy balance, it looks at how and when this disharmony occurs, analyzing all the constraints that have caused this discrepancy and find the best actions for its restoration, taking into account not only the alterations produced in the same individual, but also policies that influence the environment around him/her.
In fact, the definition of health proposed by WHO, is the most suited to the TCM, "state of complete physical, mental and individual welfare and not merely the absence of disease."
The TCM, in achieving these objectives, has different therapeutic techniques at their disposal, which can be differentiated into five main areas:
Regardless of the treatment technique that is used, all provide the same therapeutic principle, restore energy balance. There can be useful combinations between these treatment techniques.
In understanding the pathologies according to TCM, is crucial to their fundamental theories, the Theory of the Five Movements, or the Five Elements, not only in the physiological aspect, but also in the pathological and therapeutic aspects.
In the theory of Five Elements, each of which corresponds to the basic elements of the universe: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. While each represents a certain human organ and also correspond to a particular flavor. With all this, we can explain not only the phenomena that occur in nature, but also all the physiological and pathological movements that occur in living things.
These laws are true and constitute a very important aspect in the diagnosis, but should never be considered only as possibilities.
To explain the physiological relationships that occur with the flavors:
This led to clinical practice, it turns out that only taking into account the flavors, features of the different organs of the human being can be improved and thus regulating their physiological functions.
Now this same can also be interpreted with the pathological aspects of human beings, which, with the disproportionate use of any of its elements, or their tastes, alter pathologically organ.
And this can be considered from the therapeutic side, as a way to use different flavors of food to achieve therapeutic actions, hence in Traditional Chinese Medicine, many medicinal plants are used in food, with the intent of boosting flavors and therefore the relations between them and their bodies. Searching the therapeutic activity of the flavors and enhance or decrease the functions of corresponding organs.
Dr. Carlos Llopis
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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