?The inferior practitioner treats
diseases, the superior practitioner treats
before diseases occur.? Su Wen ~ 200 b.C.
TCM knows three ways of prevention:
- Prevention of cyclic or repeatedly
occurring diseases, e.g.
- hay fever
- menstrual discomfort
- prevention of diseases caused by
environment or lifestyle, e.g. workplace,
repeated strain through certain movements,
exhaustion, climate, extreme sports, professional
- prevention of diseases through
inner imbalances, e.g. caused by
constitution or emotions, or caused by imbalances
that yet exist but not cause symptoms (in patients
view), or by not fully cured diseases, e.g.
postviral syndrome or chronic fatigue
TCM applies a holistic anatomy: body, mind and
emotions as well as direct and indirect influence of
the environment equally affect our health. That
makes TCM a good tool to evaluate and prevent
imbalances considering our individual lifestyle.
Any kind of relaxation means prevention
Acupuncture as well as tuina-massage
can be applied for relaxation of physical and
emotional stress. Relaxation is an important basis
for the regeneration of energy and therefore
physical and mental strength and endurance. Both
therapies are also really enjoyable!
Stress and tension are useful in a short-term
perspective because they enhance our
intellectual, emotional and physical capabilities.
In situations with acute "thread" this enhancement
is indispensable and essential. For to be able to
react to challenging situations with an improved
performance it is necessary to achieve regular
periods of relaxation. During these periods
the body can recreate the necessary energy.
The physical and emotional consequences of stress
and tension without relaxation are called qi
stagnation in Chinese Medicine. Qi cannot flow
freely, so that on some parts of the body will be an
excess, while other parts do not receive enough qi.
Body and mind usually can compensate this for a long
time. In times of stronger exhaustion or stress or
with increasing age compensation may fail
and diseases will show up.
Another consequence of compensation of long-time
stress is the use-up of the body?s energy reserves
which are usually used for recovery and immune
defence and also determine our possibility e.g. as
of having a fulfilled sexual life and to be fertile.
Once they are used up and the body is exposed to
physical, mental or emotional stress, recovery is
very difficult and small (positive as well as
negative) events can trigger burn-out syndrome,
depression or any other severe conditions.