In honor of Chinese New Year, this week we welcome back Dr. Marcus Gadau, a leading Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner in Germany who studied Chinese Medicine combined with Western Medicine in Beijing and then got his Ph.D. in Evidence-based Chinese medicine in Hong Kong. After laying down the foundations of TCM in previous episodes, we wanted to get a bit deeper into treatments that are becoming increasingly popular in Western countries too!
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Three Things You’ll Learn
1) The Basis of TCM Treatments
TCM is often misinterpreted by the Western world. So it’s important to highlight that TCM treats the actual physical body and has nothing to do with “the energy” of the body. The main goal of TCM is to improve the blood flow in the body as aging is really when your blood vessels get damaged and don’t function that well anymore.
The blood is really a transport system in your body and therefore, having a great vascular system and highly oxygenated blood flow is important. This way all tissues can get oxygen, nutrients and get all the waste products out without any residuals.
Press play to get a deeper understanding of the basis of TCM and why having a healthy vascular system is key!
2) What Is The Pulse Diagnosis
Beyond regular diagnostic methods like blood work, listening to your lounges, and asking questions about general well-being, TCM practitioners use other techniques too. Out of these techniques, the most commonly used is pulse diagnosis.
Pulse diagnosis is when the practitioner checks your pulse on your artery on your wrist. Based on the shape, strength, and depth of the pulse, the practitioner can make a Chinese diagnosis about your organs and how well they function. And the explanation behind this at a high level is that if there is a certain disease present, it will create a specific pulse wave.
You can learn more about the pulse diagnosis and how it’s used from today’s episode!
3) How Acupuncture Works
TCM tends to be “root-cause” medicine and hence lifestyle and diet are usually the biggest components of treatments. However, when pain is already present, it needs to be treated. According to Marcus most chronic pains (about 95%) are neuropathic pains caused by irritated nerves. And acupuncture is the best treatment for these types of chronic pains.
When you’re treating chronic pain with acupuncture, you usually put a needle in a different area than where you’re injured (for instance if you’re injured in your right knee, the needle would go in your left knee). The placement of the needle results in the brain getting a stimulus, which breaks the chronic pain loop in the brain and blood starts flowing in the injured area. You’ll soon be able to move pain-free but to permanently get rid of the pain, you’ll need to return for a number of sessions.
Tune in to hear more about how acupuncture works and what other issues you can treat with it!
- Any type of Distal Needling Acupuncture (DNA – www.doane.us, Tan style acupuncture, Tung style acupuncture)
- Motor Point Acupuncture
- Neuroacupuncture (https://www.neuroacupunctureinstitute.org/)
- YNSA scalp acupuncture (Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture)
Acupuncture: Chronic Back Pain
- Traditional Chinese Medicine for Neck Pain and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
- Publication Trends in Acupuncture Research: A 20-Year Bibliometric Analysis Based on PubMed
- Study of acupuncture for low back pain in recent 20 years: a bibliometric analysis via CiteSpace
Acupuncture: Chronic Headache
- Acupuncture for the management of chronic headache: a systematic review
- Developing Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Era of Evidence-Based Medicine: Current Evidences and Challenges
- Dao of Chinese Medicine
- A Review of the Ancient Concepts of Chinese Medicine
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