Traditional Chinese Medicine

History of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The earliest Chinese medical texts we have are more than 2,000 years old, and they still provide the basis for many different ways of looking at health, illness and treatment.

Over the centuries, different doctors have emphasized different aspects of the whole Chinese Tradition. Some aspects have been lost, some have been added, and some have been revived after hundreds/thousands of years.

Concepts that Traditional Chinese Medicine have always used include:

  1. Diagnosis using the pulse
  2. Diagnosis which takes the overall condition of the patient into account
  3. Treatment with acupuncture using thin needles 
  4. Burning mugwort-leaf fuzz (moxa)
  5. Mixtures of herbs 

The Chinese tradition of herbal formulas is possibly the oldest body of herbal knowledge surviving and the idea that illness and its treatment have more to do with “qi” (pronounced “chee”, translated “energy”) than with the physical body.

Modern Chinese Medicine

The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) normally taught and practiced in the United States was developed in China starting in the 1950s.

It is almost entirely concerned with the physical state of the patient, and focuses on groups of physical symptoms and signs. This type of treatment also emphasizes the kinds of diagnoses and treatment where Chinese Herbal Medicine excels.

Training in Guangzhou, China in the use of herbs, Dr. Selah Chamberlain was able to study with noted doctors in the fields of general and internal medicine, dermatology and gynecology.

How can we help?

Dr. Selah Chamberlain expertly blends the healing powers of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Five-Element Acupuncture to provide unparalleled care in his Taos practice. By approaching each patient as a connected whole and utilizing the ancient wisdom of these fields, he offers customized treatments to address the root cause of their conditions.

The combination of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Five-Element Acupuncture works to restore the body’s natural balance and promote optimal health and well-being. With years of experience and a deep understanding of these healing traditions, Dr. Chamberlain is dedicated to helping his patients achieve and maintain optimal health in body, mind, and spirit.

TCM is used to effectively treat many conditions, including:

  • Digestive issues
  • Allergies
  • Menstrual problems
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Respiratory infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
Schedule an Appointment