Acute, chronic or unclear diseases
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can
be valuable anywhere where physical, intellectual or
emotional functions are impaired.
As damaged tissue usually cannot be
repaired, Chinese Medicine focuses on enhancing and
stabilizing the functions of remaining organs or
TCM treats the superficial symptoms as well
as the roots of a disease, so that acute
as well as chronic diseases can be
As TCM applies an anamnesis and diagnostic system
that is very different from western medicine, it is
possible to find therapeutic approaches in hard to
diagnose or unclear diseases. A TCM
diagnosis relays on enquiry of the patient,
palpitation and - most important ? the diagnosis of
pulse and tongue.
It can be applied for inner diseases, gynaecological
and andrological, hormonal, metabolism,
psychosomatic, immune mediated diseases
as well as ailments of muscles, bones
or joints (muscosceletal system).
TCM is applied for diseases and impairment of eyes
or the other sense organs, e.g. weak
eyesight or tinnitus.
Also the treatment of skin diseases
and allergies has a long tradition in
Mental health problems as well as emotional
are a further traditional application of
TCM is valuable for a very broad range of diseases.
One reason might be that in a TCM treatment the patient
rather than the disease is in the centre of
focus of the practitioner.
Following the principle ?treat the same disease
with different strategies? TCM will find
different diagnosis in different patients with the
same ?western? diagnosis and will treat them
accordingly with a treatment individually adapted to
each patient. E.g. lumbar pain can be caused by an
imbalance in the kidney or its meridian as well as
by an imbalance in the liver or its meridian. Though
the pain occurs exactly at the same point, two very
different strategies of treatment must be applied.
The principle ?one strategy treat different
diseases? means that inner imbalances cause
different diseases in different patients. An
imbalance called ?stomach heat? may cause
oesophageal reflux in one patient and gum bleeding
or headache in others. The treatment in all three
cases is mostly the same (with small variations).