Classical Chinese Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine

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The popular treatment known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is actually a modern modification of the +2000 year-old Chinese Medicine and was formed in the early-mid 20th century.

In the formation of TCM, important philosophical and practical doctrines from Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) were left behind in order to simplify the medicine and to train new practitioners.

By simplifying the medicine, some of the deepest theoretical tools were neglected and in time forgotten.

I was very fortunate to study some of this ancient knowledge in my formal training and have continuing learning form the world’s leading experts teaching the classical theories.

Here are some of the main differences between Classical Chinese Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine:

CCM TCM
Health is an active process of nourishing life in order to maximize one’s potential Health defined as the absence of symptoms and ailments
Individual diagnosis and  treatment Standardized diagnosis and treatment
Treating according to individual assessment in conjunction with universal factors of time & space Treating according to patterns using formulas of points
Treating the whole person in a holistic approach Treating separate symptoms and systems in the body
Mind is primary to body Body is primary to mind
Treating according to one’s personal qi and constitution People with similar patterns will be treated similarly
Different treatment according to gender No difference between genders
Different treatment according to season No consideration to the season
Different techniques for treating existing conditions and preventing future ailments Similar principles for treatment and prevention

 

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