In Chinese Medicine, the body and the mind are seen as a dynamic interaction of Blood, Qi, Body Fluids, and Essence. This matter and energy are collectively referred to as the “Vital Substances“.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the root of breast disease is stagnation. In its mildest form, this poor circulation is reflected as premenstrual breast distension or pain. At its most severe, it becomes the Stagnation of Blood & Qi with Toxic Heat of a malignant breast tumor. Benign breast lumps, cysts and / or pain lie somewhere on the continuum of stagnation, usually involving the JueYin (Liver) and YangMing (Stomach) meridians. Continue reading
To understand Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, it is important to compare it to the bio-medical model which most of us born in the western hemisphere are more familiar with. Without getting too overwhelmed with the history of philosophy (a fascinating yet extremely complex subject), there are two main differences in the development of the medical models which should be identified. The first difference is the basic form of logic which influenced the ancient cultures from which these medical models developed. The second major difference is the form of analysis used to understand the universe and, by extension, the human body.