Essay on Traditional Chinese Medicine

3332 Words Mar 2nd, 2005 14 Pages
TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, can be traced as far back as 1000 BC, where stone acupuncture needles were believed to be used. Texts from that period also talked of Yin and Yang and other concepts. The first written work on TCM is titled the Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic, Huangdi Newijing (Gascoigne 11). This book was written in 300 BC, but entries date back to the early 2700's BC. The book is still used in universities of Chinese Medicine around the world and is often called the bible of TCM. Today, TCM is still thriving in China and all of Asia. In recent years, information on TCM has become available to people in the United States. The United States has several schools of TCM, and it is now much easier to buy the necessary …show more content…
Cool dryness has the same dry symptoms as warm dryness, except now it also exhibits fever, chills, headache, and other cold symptoms. The main difference between cold, and cool dryness is that the person will show more signs of dryness. Dryness enters the body with other climactic elements, so it can be more dangerous than the other 6 elements because of its ability to combine its power (Gao 42-50). Internal dryness is caused by loss of blood and other body fluids. Internal dryness usually occurs after a person has been sick with a disease that caused them to vomit or to have diarrhea. It can also occur after a great loss of blood or sweat. To much sexual activity can also result in internal dryness (Gascoigne 67-9).
Summer heat is the only one of the 6 influences that only occurs during one season, in this case, the summer. Summer heat is caused solely by the extreme heat that can occur in the summer time. The symptoms are very similar to those of heat, but summer heat can also be contracted with dampness. Humidity and rain are common in China during the summer, so a person could exhibit symptoms such as fever, flushed face, achy joints, nausea, and fatigue at the same time (Gao 52-4). Other than six pernicious influences, disease can also be caused as a result of your emotions and your diet (Gascoigne 62).
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