What is the Chinese Medicine Terminology

Traditional Chinese medicine

I mainly work with Chinese drug therapy and acupuncture. I also often use a method called "Gua Sha" which you can read about here.

Until the late 19th century, the Chinese population was provided almost exclusively with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy methods. Accordingly, there is a lot of experience in TCM methods, the best known of which are acupuncture, drug therapy ("herbal medicine"), Tuina massage, Qigong, Taiji and nutritional therapy. This knowledge was recorded in writing 2000 years ago, which is why we can fall back on a wealth of experience of over 20 centuries - which, by the way, is also done by modern science in search of new active ingredients from medicinal plants of TCM.

Like Western medicine, TCM first makes a diagnosis and then decides which method should be used and how best. The main difference: TCM sees us humans as a networked system made up of our material body and “Qi”, which can be translated as “energy” or “interplay of functions”. Therefore, for a “Chinese” diagnosis, we also need to feel the pulse and assess the tongue, which gives us information about Qi and other aspects. The aim of a TCM treatment is to restore a balance in the system and to regain its self-healing power. In TCM terminology, this is referred to as the “balance of yin and yang”.

I decide for each patient whether their complaints have been adequately examined from the point of view of modern western, "conventional medicine", whether TCM should represent the exclusive or a supplementary treatment in their case, and what other medical steps should be taken. For example, if a patient has a strong cough due to a viral infection, our western medicine has little to offer, whereas TCM can usually shorten the course of the disease significantly. In the case of infection by bacteria, on the other hand, the administration of an antibiotic often makes more sense.

Since the separation between body and mind, anchored in our thinking at least since Descartes, is alien to TCM, it is also so well suited to supplement and optimize conventional therapies.

Our modern Western and TCM complement each other very well - the times of "either - or" are essentially over.