In the world of wellness and healing, the term “Traditional Chinese Medicine” has become so commonly used – and the practice widely accepted – it has its very own mainstay acronym: TCM.
But have you ever heard of TIM, TAM, or TNM? Probably not.
No need to fret from unfamiliarity; I literally just coined those acronyms. Here’s why:
- Lurking in the depths of medicinal history is the valuable work of ancient cultures, other than Chinese.
- It comes from neither the East nor West.
- There’s no need to polarize or categorize, but to honor.
In the words of The First Navajo Woman Surgeon (I capitalized that, for her title deserves great respect), says Lori Arviso Alvord, MD:
“Indians had already brought much to the medical world. Their contributions to pharmacology alone were staggering, as Western Medicine had adapted many Indian cures.”
“Quinine, used to treat malaria, had been brought to Western attention by the indigenous people of Peru; a bark from an evergreen tree was given by the Hurons to the French explorer Jacques Cartier to treat scurvy; Indians taught Europeans how to use the bark of the willow to cure pain – which eventually led to the development of aspirin.”
As for treatments:
“Early Indian healers lanced boils, set bones, gave enemas, and invented bulb syringes – they even had “surgeons” who could amputate.”
We here at Integrative Acupuncture Clinic are opening our minds to the idea of integrative medicine beyond TCM. By no means are we discarding TCM or devaluing its vital place in wellness. We’re simply unifying the work of different cultures into our language.
So let’s learn a lesson about TAM, TIM, n’ TNM:
Tim n’ Tam crossed the road To New Mexico to get to the other side.
Over the border, in Old New Mexico Older, they discovered tinctures n’ treatments to buy.
But it was no discovery, for they were right at home, where Ancient Native Indian Medicine resides.
To learn more about the Lori Arviso Alvord, MD, read her superb book, The Scalpel and The Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing. First published in 1999, but one of the best books I’ve read in a lifetime, and I found it just recently.