Updated: Jan 30, 2018
Technology and social progress has been beneficial to mankind, but it has also created many new health problems, stress is now considered a part of modern life. We are constantly overwhelmed by demands at work and home, and challenged by social turmoil, life changes, financial and interpersonal issues.
A combination of these factors puts extra strain on our mind and spirit, and also drains the body's reserves. Health is achieved only when the body is in balance which includes the physical, emotional and mental aspects. Overreacting psychological activities can easily disturb an organ's function, and as time passes some real physical damage can occur. The psychological damage to internal organs and resulting psychosomatic ailments, including insomnia and stomach upsets and are of primary concern by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physicians.
TCM has a unique concept about mind and body connection, stress and mental distress are considered to be important factors that affect disease development. Excess psychological factors are known as the “five emotions” which include joy, anger, grief, anxiety/worry, fear and grief. Each of the emotions interacts with particular internal organs and affects qi activities differently, leading to different disharmony patterns. Clinically, patients with mental problems such as depression, insomnia and anxiety often respond well to TCM treatment, which may be combined with conventional medication or used alone under proper supervision of physicians.
TCM's holistic approach are based on the views of whole-body, whole-person, whole-world. Under the guidance of holistic concept, all aspects must be considered when treating a problem, only a comprehensive analysis on the patients' physical condition, age, lifestyles, medical history, career and mental state can a correct diagnosis be made and then treated properly.
A qualified TCM physician will know what to look for and how to treat the underlining cause, taking into consideration the seasonal influences and their impact on your body. Just one of the many ways TCM is different, but 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.
These articles are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any conditions. Excerpts from the original article in Beijing University of TCM, Basic Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine.