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  • Chinese Culture Project: Chinese Medicine Michelle Devan
  •  Introduction 
    • Traditional forms of medicine have been used in China since the 3 rd Century. Chinese medicine is very holistic and is mainly focused on the balance of “Yin and Yang,” as well as of body and mind. Chinese medicine mainly consists of natural and herbal remedies, as well as body/mind techniques.
  •  Traditional Medicine 
    • Traditional medicine revolves Around the principles of Yin and Yang, which are the opposites found in everything, such as day (Yang) or night. (Yin)
    • Practitioners believe that every person has a life force known as “Qi.”
    • The purpose of medicine is to establish a balance of the body’s Qi.
    • The first use of Chinese Medicine dates back to 200 B.C.
    • The forms of Chinese Medicine include: Acupuncture/Pressure, Moxibustion, Herbal remedies, Nutritional Balance, Massage, Qi-Gong, Tai Chi and Meditation.
  •  Acupuncture 
    • One of the oldest forms of Chinese Medicine
    • Acupuncture involves the stimulation of anatomical points on the body with thin needled.
    • Contrary to what you might think, acupuncture patients usually feel little to no pain.
    • Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and are manipulated either by hand or electricity.
    • Needles are placed at “Yin/Yang Meridian points”
  •  Moxibustion 
    • Moxibustion involves the placement of burnt moxa on specific points of the body.
    • The purpose is to strengthen the blood and improve Qi flow.
    • 2 methods, direct and indirect
    • Traditionally used to treat colds.
    • In western medicine, it is used to turn breech babies to a normal position for childbirth
  •  Herbs 
    • Herbs are a vital part of Chinese healing.
    • Each ingredient has unique characteristics.
    • The ingredients work in harmony to help a person’s body.
    • Herbs can help boost Qi and balance Yin/Yang.
    • Some Chinese herbs can be purchased in the US.
  •  Massage 
    • Chinese massage is known as Tui Na
    • Uses wave-like motions to loosen joints and nourish muscles.
    • Brings awareness back to a person’s body, making it a first step in the healing process.
    • Stimulates the flow of Qi, blood and body fluids
    • Can be used to treat pain, stress or digestion problems.
  •  Qigong 
    • Qigong is a Chinese form of exercise.
    • It regulates the mind and breathing to promote the flow of Qi.
    • Qigong is often used to treat diseases.
    • External Qigong is performed on a person by a Qigong master
    • Internal Qigong is practiced by oneself.
  •  Meditation 
    • Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years.
    • It involves focusing on one thing, such as breathing patterns, while clearing all other thoughts from the mind.
    • Meditation is used to replenish the flow of Qi, which helps to ward off illnesses.
    • People may experience various feelings during meditation. Some people may begin to feel overjoyed, while others may experience extreme sadness, and even cry.
    • Meditation is also popularly practiced in western countries as a means of stress relief.
  •  Final Thoughts  I found learning about Chinese medicine techniques to be very interesting. I was fascinated by their beliefs in forces such as Qi and Yin/Yang, as well as the many different forms of medicine and how they work. Perhaps the most interesting of these methods in my opinion, was acupuncture. It’s amazing to think how something as simple, and seemingly painful, as the placement of needles in one’s body would have so many benefits.