Traditional Chinese Medicine

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TCM defines the physiological components of illness using the concepts of qi (vital energy), xue (blood), jin-ye (body fluids), jing (essence), shen (spirit), and organ systems. Organ systems are domains within the body that govern particular body tissues, emotional states, and activities.

TCM theory states the key to health is the internal ability of the body to remain strong.

According to this theory, people are born with a certain amount of original qi (pronounced “chee”). The qi is easily depleted as the body uses energy and is not replaced.

It is difficult to increase the original qi. A person must work hard during life just to retain it. Exercise such as tai chi and qi gong, healthy eating, and good sleep habits are highly recommended for maintaining the original qi. If a person consistently lacks sleep, does not have a healthy diet, abuses drugs or alcohol, and/or has excessive or unsafe sex, he or she becomes qi deficient. When weakened and qi deficient, a person is more susceptible to infection by harmful external elements.

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