The Five Pillars of TCM

The Five Pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine we say: "Where there is pain there is no circulation. Where there is circulation there is no pain."

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a set of healing modalities whose fundamental premise is that all things in nature are interrelated, interconnected and possessed of a vital energy called Qi (pronounced "Chi"). In the body there are many kinds of Qi; heat, cold, blood, fluids, bone etc. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, good health is manifest when all the types of Qi are flowing smoothly and freely. When this happens, organs, tissues, joints are nourished, we can resist external causes of disease, and our system thrives. Conversely, when the normal movement of Qi is interrupted or blocked, then what is called a “pattern of disharmony” is expressed and ill health results.

It is the fundamental goal in Traditional Chinese Medicine to restore circulation and thus enable the body to produce and maintain an abundant supply of this fundamental energy called Qi.

The set of tools or techniques that have evolved from these foundational ideas are called the Five Pillars of Chinese Medicine and they consist of Acupuncture, Herbology, Moxibustion, Tui Na and Qi Gong.

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