First ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ Lesson


Today Hult offered an session on Traditional Chinese Medicine for whomever was interested. Since I’m always curious to experience local cultures I decided to have look.

Here is what I learned:

  • TCM is almost 2000 years old.
  • It is described as “The science dealing with human physiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases”.
  • TCM is based on the theory of ‘Yin and Yang’ by the yellow Emperor ‘Huang Di Nei Jing’
  • Natural phenomena (including human beings) can be categorized in 5 fases or elements according to TCM: Wood, Fire, Earth, Mental and Water.
  • Doesn’t use machines or advanced modern techniques. Almost solely based on ancient techniques.

The doctor who gave the sessions studied this for 10 years at a specialized university and is running a family business in TCM. Her father and grandfather were also practitioners of this medicine.

What I liked:

  • The fact that they stress the importance of healthy living and a conscious lifestyle.
  • Lot of the diagnosis and treatment is not solely based on scientific indications . They look at the person and the condition in a holistic way. Making the treatment more ‘human’.

What I didn’t like:

  • They have a lot of unproven things like they way they locate the acupuncture places. The doctor She admitted she doesn’t really know herself.
  • The explanation of the ‘meridians’ in the human body was pretty blurry.
  • Lot of things just don’t make sense to me like scraping your back to get rid a sun stroke. Or sucking glass bottles to your back to get rid of your negative energy (see picture below).

In general I’m not a very big fan of the whole thing. Back in the day it was probably the best they could do, but nowadays I’d rather go to a modern, scientific hospital.


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