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Fundamentals

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was developed over five thousand years in China. Although it started with practical trial and error of the relationship between human body disorders and natural environmental treatments, it has gradually been synthesized into a few theoretical schemes with many statistical practices. About 2500 years ago, the theoretical and practical foundations of TCM were summarized into the book “HuangDiNeiJing” (The Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine). HuangDiNeiJing is a cover-all approach to TCM, although difficult to read and comprehend, can be summarized in to a single phrase: “Men should live harmoniously with their natural environment”. HuangDiNeiJing is the first book to cover all theoretical reasoning, method, formulation and medication aspects of TCM; but its methods, formulas, and medications are mainly concentrated on acupuncture instead of herbs or drugs. About 2000 years ago [AD 219], Master ZhangZhongJing wrote the book “ShangHanLun”, which is considered as the first complete book on TCM’s reasoning, methods, formulas and medications based on herbs, to treat human illnesses and disorders. Almost all subsequent writings in TCM are based on these two classics with additional proven applications.

Let's take a look at some of the TCM fundamentals.

Heart - the Supreme Monarch

HeartWhat is dark clings to what is light and so enhances the brightness of the latter. A luminous thing giving out light must have within itself something that preserves; otherwise it will in time burn itself out. Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine.

-The I Ching

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Phlegm

phlegm - tan

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Phlegm is one of the pathogenic (disease causing) factors responsible for the occurrence and development of a range of disorders. Phlegm is considered as a product from disharmony of body fluids that can produce either external, visible phlegm, such as sputum secreted by the respiratory tract, or internal, invisible phlegm.

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What is Spleen Deficiency

Spleen Deficiency Tongue

In Traditional Chinese Medicine Spleen Deficiency does not mean issues with the spleen as an anatomical organ. Spleen Deficiency suggests an issue with the pancreas or with digestive function. Spleen prefers a dry environment, it is prone to conditions of dampness from climate and dietary factors. It is especially sensitive to cold, damp weather and cold or raw foods, both of which are fertile ground for the pathogenic factor of dampness.

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