Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Overview

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What is one of the basic tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

The body's vital energy (ch'i or qi) circulates through meridians

What does the term 'Ayurveda' combine?

Life and science

Which practice is NOT a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Yoga and meditation

What may be harmful if used improperly in Ayurvedic medicine?

Herbs, minerals, or metals

According to the information provided, what is a potential risk associated with some herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine?

They can cause side effects or interact with conventional medicines

Which of the following is NOT mentioned as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

(TCM) Branch of traditional medicine that is said to be based on more than 3,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine

What is the main focus of Kampō medicine?

Herbal medicine within the Japanese national health care system

Which herb is commonly used for cancer patients in Kampo medicine?

Agaricus blazei

What is the primary aspect of hydrotherapy?

Use of water for pain relief

What is the basis of aromatherapy?

Improving psychological or physical well-being using essential oils

Where can drugs be obtained from?

Synthesized or semisynthetic sources

What is the primary focus of efficacy and safety in the text?

Chemical compounds with biological activity

What are the approaches to selecting plants mentioned in the text?

$250,000$ higher plant species on the planet

How many compounds are biologically evaluated in vitro according to the text?


What type of studies precede clinical studies according to the text?

Preclinical studies

What is tested in animal models according to the text?

Random selection followed by biological screening

Study Notes

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical system with practices including herbal medicine, acupuncture, and dietary therapy, among others.
  • TCM is based on the belief that the body's vital energy, or qi, circulates through channels called meridians.
  • Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine that promotes the use of herbs, special diets, and other practices for health and disease.
  • Ayurvedic medicine uses a variety of products and practices, some of which may be harmful if used improperly or without the guidance of a trained practitioner.
  • Kampo Medicine is the Japanese counterpart to Traditional Chinese Medicine, with a focus on herbal medicine, and is integrated into the Japanese national healthcare system.
  • Hydrotherapy is a form of alternative medicine that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment, typically in warm water pools.
  • Aromatherapy is a branch of complementary medicine that uses essential oils for psychological and physical well-being, through methods like aroma baths, aroma candles, and body massage.
  • Drugs can come from natural sources, such as plants, or can be synthetically created.
  • The process of discovering and developing new drugs from natural sources involves evaluating a large number of plant species, using advanced screening methods and following up on traditional uses.
  • Before a drug is approved for marketing, it undergoes preclinical and clinical studies to test its safety and efficacy.

Explore the principles and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an ancient system of healthcare that includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping therapy, and more. Learn about the history, basic tenets, and various modalities of TCM.

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