Traditional Chinese Medicine: Bringing Eastern and Holistic Therapy to You
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a form of Eastern medicine. Practiced according to ancient Taoist philosophies. It dates back more than 5,000 years. Presently, TCM is practiced side by side with Western medicine in many medical offices around the world. In 2012 the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine certified Dr. Hall to practice TCM. We offer many therapies, including both meridian and auricular based needling, along with herbal remedies and Gua Sha.
The theoretical framework of TCM has a number of key components:
the concept of two opposing, yet complementary forces, that shape the world and all life—is central to TCM.
In the TCM view, a vital energy or life force called Qi, pronounced, “chee” circulates in the body through a system of pathways called meridians. Health is an ongoing process of maintaining balance and harmony in the circulation of Qi. Qi is life force energy emanating from the central solar system. It projecting itself to the world and those who inhabit it.
The TCM approach uses eight principles to analyze symptoms and categorize conditions: cold/heat, interior/exterior, excess/deficiency, and yin/yang (the chief principles).
TCM also uses the theory of five elements—fire, earth, metal, water, and wood—to explain how the body works; these elements correspond to particular organs and tissues in the body.
Underlying the practice of TCM is a unique view of the world and human body that differs from Western medical concepts. The view is based on the ancient Chinese perception. Humans are microcosms of the larger, surrounding universe—interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. The human body is regarded as an organic entity in which the various organs, tissues, and other parts have distinct functions, but are all interdependent. In this view, health and disease relate to balance of the functions.