Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine came to the West in the 1960s. In order to be more easily accepted, the Chinese developed a model of Chinese medicine that was closer to Western thought and called it Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The diagnosis of any disease / syndrome, according to TCM, is based on the symptoms and signs of the person. There are 8 principles on which the therapist will differentiate to make the correct diagnosis.
The 8 Principles are Yin-Yang, Full-Empty, Warm-Cold, Internal-External.
After talking to the patient, the Acupuncturist will take his pulse and look at his tongue to diagnose which syndrome is the main one that needs treatment.
According to Chinese Medicine, any pain, illness or discomfort is due to an imbalance of the vital energy called Qi. The therapeutic techniques and tools used by Chinese Medicine practitioners to restore the energy balance to the patient, vary. Some of these are acupuncture needles, Chinese TuiNa massage, GuaSha (abrasive technique), electrostimulation, suction cups, moxa therapy (burning the plant Artemisia, in specific acupuncture points) etc.