Understanding Anxiety Through the Lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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This paper aims to showcase how Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, view anxiety. Since a great deal of people already know about the Western medicine approach to mental health issues, specifically anxiety, this paper will be geared more towards introducing Traditional Chinese Medicine on a deeper level. There is no doubt that Chinese medicine is one of the oldest medical forms of practice in the world with a history of more than 2,500 years. It refers to a form of medical practice or a discipline created by the common people of the Han nationality in China that mainly studies the science of human physiology, pathology and diagnosis and the prevention of diseases. The knowledge of TCM is very rich and is embedded within the Chinese culture and in people's daily lives. In order to view anxiety through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as complementary and alternative medicine in the West, one must understand some basic concepts and terminology of TCM such as what does TCM mean when it refers to "Qi" or what is "meridians"? How the organs and zang-fu work within the TCM context? Understanding Yin and Yang theory, Five Elements theory, Eight Principles of Syndrome Differentiation, and what are the TCM Four Diagnostic Methods. By having some basic knowledge about TCM, then viewing anxiety through the lens of Chinese medicine and Western medicine will be a lot more interesting. As a bonus, there will be some TCM self-care tips included.