Introduction to TCM
In traditional Chinese medicine, thousands of years old, health is synonymous with the ability of humans to maintain their inner harmony. The inner harmony is found in the balance of yin and yang. If one predominates, the balance is disturbed.
Harmony and balance depend on the steady flow of Qi, the source of all energy. The Qi flows along the meridians (energy channels) and connects the internal organs of the body.
With needles during acupuncture or with massage, the flow of Qi can be promoted and Qi blockages can be released. The aim is always to find the balance and inner harmony, to restore health and thus well-being.
The Chinese describe yin and yang as the polar, mutually complementary and conditional forces that seek new equilibria in the human body. Yin stands for resting, cooling, preserving, enclosing, compacting, material and is associated with feminine, moon, night, down, cold and earth. Yang represents moving, warm, bright, dynamic, self-energizing, mental and is associated with male, sun, day, above, warm and heaven.