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.