TCM is about understanding the interdependence of causation - the components of the body and mind, as well as symptoms relative to one another. For example, which is more Yang? Qi, Blood or Essence? The answer is relative: While Qi is more yang than Blood,
Blood is more yang than Essence. Yang and Yin are relative terms referring to qualities.
In other words, to see the valley, one must also see the hill.
How do we understand the cause? When examining a case, it is important to look at both ultimate and proximate causation. In other words, to examine the various causes over time.
For example, initially the illness may begin with trauma -Osteoarthritis for example, sparked by torsion (twist) to the knee joint, tearing a meniscus ligament and over time, repeated tears, patellar afflictions, and acute flare ups continue to affect function and further degrade components of the knee structure. Illness then, follows a path of cause - effect - cause - effect cause over time. In Homeopathy, we describe this as the onion skin - layers of cause and effect have to be removed for a cure to emerge. It is the same for TCM. Treatment starts with the “presenting layer" which is the symptoms you have now, as they appear...and continues with the old, buried layers as they come to the surface as part of the healing process.
Herbal Formulas and Acupuncture
Treat the root, this can be at the level of organ, qi, blood or essence tonification to recover depletion.
Chinese Herbal Formulas reinforce acupuncture treatment benefits between sessions and are an essential component of therapy. In modern China, doctors in training identify simple patterns in cases and commit to understanding one pattern per month in-depth, with point combinations and herbal patents. In a year, that is 12 patterns in 10 years a very knowledgeable and adept practitioner emerges. Treating according to principles with clarity can yield successful outcomes in a relatively short time for the practitioner who is guided by “beginners mind” at every stage in their practice.
This is the approach I take with all my patients. Acupuncture, the insertion of tiny needles at acupuncture points along an organ meridian or energy pathway - is used widely for re-establishing organ and system function on many levels from weekly Fertility treatments to enhance IUI or IVF procedure outcomes or cosmetic acupuncture for a non-invasive "facelift", hormone balancing and reducing swelling includ