Updated: Jan 30, 2018
People in different geographic regions live with different lifestyles, customs and cultures, and they develop particular body constitutions and are susceptible to particular health problems.
As an example, in the Northwestern highlands of China they tend to have a stronger constitution. When they are sick, their bodies are more likely to be cold outside but hot inside, as they disperse external coldness, clearing internal heat is often the best treatment.
In Southeastern coastal regions of China, people tend to have a weaker constitution, and are particularly susceptible to skin problems and seasonal infections.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physicians consider the geographic and dietary influences on your body when giving a treatment. TCM herbal applications often reflect the geographic differences, take common cold as a sample.
In the frigid zone of Northwest China, a larger dosage of potent warming herbs such as ephedra and cassia twig are often used, while in the temperate zone of Southeast China, mild warming herbs such as schizonepeta herb and ledebouriella root are used and the dosage is relative smaller.
These traditional methods of taking into consideration the geographic and dietary influences on your body, can equally be applied if you live in the Northwestern highlands of China, or downtown London or Sydney. Just one of the many ways Traditional Chinese Medicine is different in helping you understand your environment, but is complimentary to Western Medicine. Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here
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