TCM does not treat and cure cold or plaque via killing of viruses, but through modulation of the internal chilliness and fever within the body, so that viruses could no longer survive and die naturally.
Oftentimes TCM treats through the change of internal environment of the body (modulate Yin-Yang and Five Elements), whose ultimate goal is the arousal of spontaneous healing force of the body, and drive away diseases naturally.
1) Drink ice water daily and eat cold food: since TCM’s spleen is most fearful of cold food, the fastest way to spleen disease is the drinking of ice water; the colder the water, the faster it is. When ice water enters human body, not only would it harm the spleen directly, but also result accumulation of interior chilliness, which makes one prone to drowsy and fatigued.An even more intense way of harming the spleen is the eating of foods such as freezing watermelon and aloe, because these foods are cold by nature, and taken at freezing temperature would only bring more chilliness into the body.
2) Excessive use of the brain: spleen also governs thinking, so those use brain excessively would harm the spleen, such as writers, professors and scientists; they bear the greatest risk of spleen damage.
3) Peculiar diet habit: spleen governs transportation and transformation of food and water. Some people eat very fast, who barely take more than two bites before swallowing the food; they may also drink a bottle of coke or a glass of water during the meal, and results a full stomach. They are the prime candidate for spleen disease.
The spread-over of the Viscera Theory is linear most of the time, which is mainly divided into two phases- ‘liver deficiency’ and ‘liver repletion’, both of which spread via the route of “liver–>spleen–>kidney–>heart–>lung”, hence the starting point of all viscera diseases is the liver, in other words, the source of all viscera diseases is the liver disease.
Treatment for liver deficiency and liver repletion is similar, but the former is much simpler. In fact, all diseases, when developed to the phase of liver repletion, are extremely difficult to treat.
This article is based on the content of “Deciphering TCM” by Tongmei Pan; the original book was written in Chinese.
Application of treatment according to syndrome differentiation is another characteristic of traditional Chinese medicine. “syndrome differentiation” means to analyze disease condition in order to find out its essentials, to identify the causative fact, location and nature, and to obtain conclusions about the confrontation between pathogenic and antipathogenic factors.
In traditional Chinese medicine, differentiation must be performed to outline the specific principles and methods of treatment because similar diseases may have different clinical manifestations, while different diseases may share the same syndromes. Treatment in traditional Chinese medicine stresses the differences of syndromes, but not the differences of diseases. Therefore different treatments for the same disease exist and different diseases can be treated by the similar medical analogy.