Tcm And Traditional Chinese Medicine Essay

2153 Words Oct 12th, 2016 9 Pages
TCM&C: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chiropractic
Once in Shanghai, a chiropractor witnessed a very clever “chiropractic adjustment.” He asked how long the Chinese had been practicing these moves. The reply was “at least 5000 years.” (Hynes, 2016) Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is holistic health care that has very similar practices as Chiropractic. If the Chinese had not started the art, Chiropractic could not have become what it is today. TCM is a combination of modern day Asian medicine plus 3,000 years of Chinese medical practices. TCM encompasses the use of herbs, acupuncture, massage, manipulation, and healthy lifestyle improvements. Philosophy is a strong part of TCM; the main philosophy of TCM is Yinyangism (Ying and Yang). In order to understand TCM and its relationship to Chiropractic, we must first discuss the history of TCM; secondly, we must examine the philosophy of TCM. After that, we will look at how a TCM doctor diagnoses and treats his patients. Finally, we will be able to compare TCM and its relationship to Chiropractic.
The history of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back to the Shang Dynasty in the 11th to 14th centuries B.C. Before the Shang dynasty, the Chinese had beliefs similar to other cultures, they did not know of “medicine” and blamed curses for sickness. This belief in curses causing ailments was common until Emperor Huang Ti Shen Neng introduced the technique of acupuncture in 2800 B.C. Emperor Huang Ti Shen Neng also wrote a…

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