If you're considering visiting an acupuncturist or wondering what just happened "under the needle," you might be wondering...
- What's the deal with those needles?
- What are meridians and acupoints?
- How about acupressure and tui-na massage?
- What are related techniques like moxibustion and cupping and scraping?
If your TCM doctor sends you home with some very strange-sounding herbs, it's normal to have questions.
- What's this stuff supposed to do?
- How do you even cook these things?
- Can't I just buy TCM herbal supplements on my own, over the counter?
- What's up with externally-applied herbal patches?
- Is it true herbs come in alcoholic tinctures?
Traditional Chinese medicine has its own lingo for describing the way the body works, and it's very different from what you're probably used to. There are lot of words your TCM doc or acupuncturist might use that you've never heard before—Return to Spring looks at all the common ones in depth.
- What does the word qi mean?
- Isn't yin-yang a big part of Chinese medicine?
- In TCM, what is the significance of the internal organs, and what do the meridians do?
- What're the five phases or five elements?
- Why does Chinese medicine think we get sick?
Traditional Chinese medicine is rich with tried-and-true wisdom you can use to improve your health. TCM's recognition that enjoying good health is a holistic endeavor means that it abounds with knowledge about diet, exercise, thought and emotions, relationships, and much more.
- Traditional Chinese medicine has lots to say about the old adage, "you are what you eat."
- Body and mind are inseparable—what does TCM say about your thoughts and emotions?
- Did you know that exercises like qigong and tai chi share Chinese medicine's understanding of human health?
- Quick, easy, super-simple self-massage is another important facet of TCM's health-improving knowledge
- Does Chinese medicine have anything to say about sleep? Yes!