Many people nowadays rely on the modern medicine that can be bought expensively in pharmacies.
There are also people who stick to the traditional method of curing their sickness.
We have lists of different traditional methods to cure your sickness without paying expensively. Read more here.
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Chinese scientist Tu Youyou won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. She is a chief professor at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced in China for more than 500 centuries. Many Chinese people still rely on TCM to stay healthy on a day-to-day basis, and it’s becoming increasingly popular outside of China.
Below, we give a brief history of how TCM came to be, how it’s practiced and its future.
B asic Theory
TCM was first documented in “Zhouyi” (The Book of Changes) during the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC – 8 AD). The basic theory of Chinese medicine attempts to explain the cycle of life, how diseases occur and how to prevent them. It includes Yin and Yang.
TCM stated that everything in the world is balanced with two forces, Yin and Yang. The terms originated from ancient Chinese philosophy and are synonymous with opposites relatively balancing the other. Yin is negative, female, weak and Yang is positive, male, strong. Ancient Chinese medical theory argued that the balance of Yin and Yang in the body could prevent illness.
Observing the natural world, TCM categorized five elements: wood, water, fire, metal and earth. Fire is overcome by water, water by earth, earth by wood and wood by metal. These elements are what make Yin and Yang work.