FAQs about Chinese Medicine

Pulse Monitoring & Diagnostics

If you are new to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is likely you have a few questions. Below are a list of several questions we are frequently asked.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
TCM originated in ancient China over 2000 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine studies the relationship between parts of the body and how it interacts with the world. With TCM, the belief is that illnesses and injuries are caused by an imbalance within the body. When this balance is brought back into alignment, then the body will be in a state of health. To diagnose illnesses in Traditional Chinese Medicine, special skills (diagnostics) are used to observe patterns that may be creating an underlying disharmony. Skin, tongue, hair, eyes and nails, will be inspected, while monitoring your pulse. You may also be asked about eating habits, sleep patterns, digestive & reproductive health, and the quality of your emotions and relationships.

What is Qi?
Qi (pronounced: CH-ee) is a foundation concept of TCM. Qi is the vital energy of the body that circulates within the specific meridians or channels. It is considered the most basic substance that makes up the world and any changes of Qi help to determine the state of the world, as well as one's health. There are several types of Qi, when referring to health within TCM, and various functions, such as:

Traditional Chinese Body Chart

  • Transforming
  • Transporting
  • Holding
  • Raising Protection
  • Warming

Must I choose between Conventional Medicine & TCM?
The short answer is no. Many people use both and TCM is often used to complement more traditional types of medicine. TCM practitioners do not encourage patients to forego traditional medicine.

Why are herbs recommended?
Many times herbs are recommended to help aid in strengthening and supporting the body as it works to heal from colds, fevers or acute pains. Often your therapist may recommend herbal therapy along with acupuncture, electro-stimulation or one of our other healing treatments.

Can I take my medications while taking TCM?
Yes, our practitioners take into account any medications or other remedies you may be using and take many precautions to ensure that there will be no adverse side effects. This includes choosing select herbs, as well as advice on how to space out dosages to avoid any reactions.

Please keep in mind that these are just a few of the questions we are frequently asked about our alternative medicine treatments. If you have any other questions, please reach out to our knowledgeable staff or look through our Services and Resources pages. We look forward to working with you at our Burlington, WI clinic!