Importance of Massage in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Massage plays a big role in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it also has a place in many other forms of alternative medicine. In TCM, massage bears many similarities to acupressure and acupuncture in that it often focuses on key points in the body, helping to restore balance and the flow of Qi. History of Massage […]

The Ancient Chinese Practice of Fengshui

Translated as “Wind-Water”, fengshui is an ancient Chinese practice of becoming harmonized with your surroundings. Fengshui is an essential part of Chinese life and of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but its focus is on homes, businesses and other buildings, as opposed to the human body. Fengshui is still focused on Qi though, and the aim of […]

Exploring the Meditative Artform of Qigong

Qigong is a meditative art-form that is practiced by proponents of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has a number of physiological and psychological benefits. Quitting translates as “Life Energy Work, with the “Qi” referring to the body’s life energy. History of Qigong Qigong has grown over thousands of years, adapted and tweaked by its proponents. It […]

Origins and Health Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a Latin word and means “to puncture with needle”, but this practice was first popularized in China as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is key to controlling the flow of Qi in the human body, and typically consists of inserting thin, sharp needles into pressure points. Acupuncture can also refer to the […]

History and Practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Often abbreviated to “TCM”, Traditional Chinese Medicine relates to a broad range of medicines and medical practices that were developed over in China over 2,000 years ago, and remain popular to this day. There are many branches of TCM, all of which have been discussed at length on this website, and while it has remained […]

What is Qigong? A Beginner’s Guide to Energy Balance

The practice of Qigong – also spelled ‘Chi gong’, depending on the Romanization used – is a 4,000-year-old practice originating from China. Qi means energy and gong means “to work with” so Qigong literally means, “to work with energy.” While still relatively new to the West, Qigong is nothing mystical or esoteric. Tens of thousands […]

What Chinese Medicine Teaches us about Gua Sha

Gua sha is a type of Chinese medicine treatment that uses scraping along the body’s meridian channels as well as various acupressure points to move stagnant blood and lymph from the subcutaneous fascia. Typically, an object such as a round-soft edge stone or a scraping device that resembles a shoe insert is scraped repeatedly throughout […]