Traditional Chinese Medicine (中医, zhōng yī), or TCM, has been practiced in China since ancient times. TCM focuses on restoring the balance of yin and yang in the body and integrates the five elements into its practices.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is influenced by Daoism. Diagnosis is based on the Four Diagnoses: observation, olfaction, interrogation, and pulse-taking. TCM often includes taking herbs and medicines made of animal products and minerals. The Compendium of Materia Medica, written by Li Shizhen, a physician in the Ming Dynasty, lists 1,892 medicinal herbs and 11,096 prescriptions.
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Acupressure: a form of acupuncture that does not use needles.
Cupping (拔罐, báguàn): glass cups are heated before being attached via suction directly on a person’s back. Suction is created to drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue, and bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin.
Guā Shā (刮痧): scraping of the back to help drain excess fluids and toxins and help eliminate colds and fevers.
Shamanism: Shamans, or spiritual healers, perform rituals to heal the mind, body, and spirit.