Form of Treatment
The five pillars of TCM
Chinese prescription therapy
Chinese prescription therapy is the most widespread form of TCM therapy in China. Generally mixtures of natural elements – primarily plants and minerals – which are combined individually in accordance with the symptoms are put to use. Therapists require long years of experience and particular knowledge of tongue and pulse diagnostics in order to recognize the imbalances of the body precisely and to treat them specifically. Chinese prescriptions are usually administered in the form of teas, but there are also powders, extracts in droplet form and capsules. For skin diseases, ointments and pastes are also produced.
Acupuncture is the best-known and most widely applied therapy form of TCM in Germany and has already become firmly established in the field of pain therapy. However the therapeutic possibilities, especially when acupuncture is applied in combination with moxibustion (warmth treatment performed by burning the mugwort herb over the acupuncture points) or cupping treatment, go far beyond mere pain treatment. By stimulating the reflex points of the skin and the tissue underneath it, which lies upon the so-called “channels”, the vegetative (“regulating”) nervous system – and with it bodily regulation – can be curatively influenced. Acupuncture need not be very painful. The treatments are adapted to the individual pain sensitivity of the patient. Often one needs only minimal stimulation for the acupuncture treatments. For pain-sensitive patients and children there are extremely small needles and laser acupuncture instruments available.
This Chinese manual therapy is a special type of massage and grip technique by which the hands trigger reflexes of the skin and muscles. In contrast to most western massage techniques, the effects of the treatment are not just local. Healing processes are initiated in distant parts of the body so that, in addition to effects on the locomotive system, the interior of the body is also influenced. Chinese manual therapy is not well known in Germany but is very successful, in particular in the case of orthopedic and neurological illnesses. It is also well-suited to children.
In China, Qigong exercises are intensively used to prevent disease and are also performed daily in parks – even in large cities. Qigong consists of concentrated breathing and movements that can be learned in courses. It is not only suited to prophylaxis; individually recommended exercises can also make a significant contribution to recovery from existing illnesses. In China, for example, every cancer patient is advised to perform Qigong exercises daily.
Chinese nourishment medicine does not count calories but rather devotes attention to the quality and the effects of individual foodstuffs which have been recorded in detail over the course of centuries. Both the type of taste as well as the temperature reaction of the prescribed remedies are important in this connection. The goal is to improve the intake of nourishment and to reduce strain on the stomach/intestinal tract and thereby relieve the entire organism. After determining a Chinese diagnosis, individual recommendations can be given which considerably support the disease therapy and have a preventive effect.