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WHAT IS CORE CONCEPTS OF TCM?

Balance, Yin-Yang, and Qi are three of the most frequently used words in TCM. The balance of the body can be understood as an alternative form of homeostasis, a basic concept of modern Western medicine.  Homeostasis refers to the mechanisms for the maintenance of balance in all life signs such as body temperature, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Through the homeostasis mechanisms, many pathological changes, as long as they are not yet too severe, can be restored to normal physiological states automatically or through natural interventions, such as acupuncture.  

    

Yin-Yang is symbolized by a circle composed of two interlocking “tadpoles”, half-black and half-white. Black stands for Yin and white stands for Yang, reflecting the inescapably intertwined duality of all things in nature. In terms of human body functions, Yin-Yang can often be understood, respectively, as hypo/hyper states. As for Qi, there are many forms of manifestations, such as respiratory air, abdominal gas, muscular strength, mood, and certain sensations (e.g. tingling or numbness). Put it simply, Qi means vital energy or life force. In other words, Qi represents the body’s self-healing capability, or ac in conventional medicine, the mechanism of the body to maintain homeostasis.