Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbs, acupuncture and other methods to deal with a wide range of health problems. TCM now falls under the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA), which is part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA), which regulates the mainstream health modalities in Australia.
Underlying the practice of TCM is a unique view of the world and the human body that is different from modern medicine concepts. This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of the larger, surrounding universe—interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. In Chinese Medicine, the human being is regarded as an organic entity in which the various organs, tissues, psycho-emotional components and other aspects of the self, both physically and mentally; have distinct functions but are all interdependent of each other. In the TCM view, health and disease are the results of the balance of this functions.
In relationship to chronic infections and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The area of Infectious Diseases has been of great importance since ancient times in China, with multiple Chinese medicine doctors dedicating their life work in progressing this area of Chinese Medicine, and although currently there are no recognised specialties in Australia for TCM; Infectious Diseases has been a very well respected and long established specialty in TCM in both ancient and modern China, with integrative hospitals and multiple specialists dedicated solely to this area.
Of particular focus in the ancient classics that belong to Infectious Diseases, the effect that chronic infections can have to chronic inflammation and chronic fatigue was the main target in their ancient treatment strategies, which could be explored further under a modern view that may bring some solutions to our modern problems


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