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TCM uses a combination of different forms and types of medicines (plants, animals, minerals) to form a prescription according to TCM diagnostic method which is tailored made to the patients’ specific and individual conditions. Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by the manuscript “Recipes for 52 Ailments”, found in the Mawangdui tombs which were sealed in 168 BC. There are roughly 13,000 medicinals used in China and over 100,000 medicinal recipes recorded in the ancient literature. Plant elements and extracts are by far the most common elements used. Today , there are many form of herbal medicine, which includes the traditional raw herbs, concentrated herbal powder, processed herbal liquid, capsule and tablet.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort ( a small, spongy herb) to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. It is believed by some that mugwort acts as an emmenagogue, meaning that it stimulates blood-flow in thepelvic area and uterus. It is claimed that moxibustion militates against cold and dampness in the body, and can serve to turn breech babies.
Acupuncture involves penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. It is one of the important elements of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and had been widely accepted as complementary health approach. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.