Learn About Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health. It aims to restore the body's balance and harmony between the natural opposing forces of yin and yang. Take the quiz below and get to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. All the best and stay healthy!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The commonality among all the systems, practices, and products that are considered alternative is

    • A.

      That they are ineffective except for the placebo response

    • B.

      Their derivation from Chinese medicine

    • C.

      That they are not accepted within conventional medicine

    • D.

      Their higher degree of effectiveness compared with conventional techniques

    Correct Answer
    C. That they are not accepted within conventional medicine
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that alternative systems, practices, and products are not accepted within conventional medicine. This means that these alternative methods are not recognized or endorsed by mainstream medical professionals and are often seen as unproven or lacking scientific evidence.

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  • 2. 

    According to traditional Chinese medicine, a vital force called ___ flows through the body in channels called ___.

    • A.

      Yin...louvers

    • B.

      Yang...ducts

    • C.

      Gong...veins

    • D.

      Qi...meridians

    Correct Answer
    D. Qi...meridians
    Explanation
    According to traditional Chinese medicine, a vital force called "qi" flows through the body in channels called "meridians". Qi is believed to be the life energy that circulates throughout the body, maintaining health and vitality. The meridians are pathways through which qi flows, connecting different parts of the body and organs. By balancing the flow of qi through the meridians, one can achieve physical and emotional well-being.

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  • 3. 

    One of the goals of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine is to

    • A.

      Reduce the amount of qi that flows through the body

    • B.

      Increase the amount of qi that flows through the body

    • C.

      Bring yin and yang into balance

    • D.

      Increase yin forces and decreases yang forces

    Correct Answer
    C. Bring yin and yang into balance
    Explanation
    In traditional Chinese medicine, the goal of treatment is to bring yin and yang into balance. Yin and yang are opposing forces that exist in the body and need to be in harmony for good health. When yin and yang are imbalanced, it can lead to various health issues. By bringing yin and yang into balance, the flow of energy (qi) in the body is optimized, promoting overall well-being and preventing illness. This approach focuses on restoring harmony and equilibrium within the body, rather than reducing or increasing the amount of qi flowing through the body.

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  • 4. 

    The goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to integrate and balance

    • A.

      The body, space, and time

    • B.

      The body, mind, and spirit

    • C.

      The yin and yang

    • D.

      Hot and cold forces in the body

    Correct Answer
    B. The body, mind, and spirit
    Explanation
    Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic approach that aims to achieve overall well-being by considering the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit. It recognizes that these three aspects are intertwined and need to be in harmony for optimal health. By addressing and balancing all three elements, Ayurvedic medicine seeks to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

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  • 5. 

    The central belief of naturopathy is

    • A.

      That nature contains the power to heal

    • B.

      That nature creates the human body with vulnerabilities and flaws

    • C.

      That nature makes disease inevitable

    • D.

      Both b and c

    Correct Answer
    A. That nature contains the power to heal
    Explanation
    Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes the body's natural ability to heal itself. It believes that nature contains the power to heal, suggesting that the body has the innate ability to restore balance and overcome illness. This approach focuses on supporting and enhancing the body's natural healing processes through various means such as nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes. By acknowledging nature's healing power, naturopathy aims to promote holistic well-being and address the root causes of disease.

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  • 6. 

    Naturopathic practitioners

    • A.

      Reject all medicines and rely entirely on natural foods to heal

    • B.

      Have doctoral degrees and licenses to practice

    • C.

      Specialize in treatment but not in diagnosis

    • D.

      May use some drugs but emphasize a healthy lifestyle as the route to health

    Correct Answer
    D. May use some drugs but emphasize a healthy lifestyle as the route to health
    Explanation
    Naturopathic practitioners may use some drugs but emphasize a healthy lifestyle as the route to health. This means that while they may incorporate certain medications into their treatment plans, their main focus is on promoting a healthy lifestyle, including natural foods, to support healing. They do not reject all medicines, have doctoral degrees and licenses to practice, and specialize in treatment rather than diagnosis.

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  • 7. 

    Homeopathic remedies

    • A.

      Are usually homemade mixtures

    • B.

      Are devised through a series of titrations, making the mixtures very powerful

    • C.

      Are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration in the US

    • D.

      Are classified as foods rather than drugs and thus unregulated in the US

    Correct Answer
    C. Are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration in the US
  • 8. 

    What do all alternative medical systems have in common? The systems

    • A.

      Are holistic, considering psychological factors as well as physical factors in health

    • B.

      Arose long ago and are now accepted by very few people

    • C.

      Accept the importance of manipulation of the skin and organs in the healing process

    • D.

      Emphasize physical factors and minimize psychological and emotional factors

    Correct Answer
    A. Are holistic, considering psychological factors as well as physical factors in health
    Explanation
    All alternative medical systems have in common that they are holistic, considering psychological factors as well as physical factors in health. This means that these systems take into account not only the physical symptoms and conditions but also the mental and emotional well-being of an individual. They recognize the interconnectedness of the mind and body and believe that addressing both aspects is crucial for overall health and healing.

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  • 9. 

    Chiropractic was the subject of a bitter fight during the middle of the 20th Century. What group tried to keep chiropractors from practicing?

    • A.

      The American Psychological Association

    • B.

      The American Psychiatric Association

    • C.

      The American Medical Association

    • D.

      The Natural Institutes of Health

    Correct Answer
    C. The American Medical Association
    Explanation
    During the middle of the 20th Century, the American Medical Association (AMA) attempted to prevent chiropractors from practicing. This was due to a bitter fight over the legitimacy and effectiveness of chiropractic treatments. The AMA believed that chiropractic was not a valid form of healthcare and sought to restrict the practice of chiropractors. This led to legal battles and controversies surrounding the profession, with the AMA using its influence to discredit and marginalize chiropractic as a legitimate healthcare option.

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  • 10. 

    Which alternative treatment is most likely to be covered by insurance plans in the US?

    • A.

      Chiropractic

    • B.

      Dietary supplements

    • C.

      Hypnotherapy

    • D.

      Tai chi classes

    Correct Answer
    A. Chiropractic
    Explanation
    Chiropractic is most likely to be covered by insurance plans in the US because it is a recognized alternative treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Many insurance plans in the US provide coverage for chiropractic services as part of their benefits package, recognizing its effectiveness in managing conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following manipulative techniques originated in traditional Chinese medicine?

    • A.

      Acupressure and tui na

    • B.

      Acupuncture and Reiki

    • C.

      Shiatsu massage and counterpressure

    • D.

      Shiatsu massage and Reiki

    Correct Answer
    A. Acupressure and tui na
    Explanation
    Acupressure and tui na are manipulative techniques that originated in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow, while tui na is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage that uses various techniques to manipulate the body's energy channels. These techniques have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to treat various health conditions and promote overall well-being.

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  • 12. 

      Research on the power of prayer to improve health indicates that

    • A.

      People who are the objects of prayers experience health improvements, whether or not they know about the prayers

    • B.

      People who are the objects of prayers experience health improvements when they do not know about the prayers but not when they do

    • C.

      People who are the objects of prayers experience health improvements when they know about the prayers but now when they do not

    • D.

      No type of prayer has any effect on health

    Correct Answer
    C. People who are the objects of prayers experience health improvements when they know about the prayers but now when they do not
    Explanation
    The research suggests that people who are aware of being the objects of prayers experience health improvements, while those who are not aware do not experience any health improvements. This implies that the knowledge or belief in being prayed for plays a role in the effectiveness of prayer in improving health.

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  • 13. 

    People usually follow ___ diet for health reasons and ___ for the purpose of weight loss.

    • A.

      The Atkins...the Ornish diet

    • B.

      The Zone...vegetarian diets

    • C.

      A macrobiotic...the Atkins diet

    • D.

      A high carbohydrate...a low fat diet

    Correct Answer
    C. A macrobiotic...the Atkins diet
    Explanation
    People usually follow a macrobiotic diet for health reasons and the Atkins diet for the purpose of weight loss. The macrobiotic diet focuses on whole, unprocessed foods and promotes balance and harmony in the body. It is often chosen for its potential health benefits, such as improved digestion and increased energy levels. On the other hand, the Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that aims to induce ketosis and promote weight loss. It restricts carbohydrate intake and emphasizes consuming protein and fats.

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  • 14. 

    The meditation technique that involves sitting relaxed with eyes closed, focused on breathing, and repeating a single word or sound is called

    • A.

      Mindful meditation

    • B.

      Transcendetal meditation

    • C.

      Yogic meditation

    • D.

      Repetitive meditation

    Correct Answer
    B. Transcendetal meditation
    Explanation
    Transcendental meditation is a meditation technique that involves sitting relaxed with eyes closed, focusing on breathing, and repeating a single word or sound. This technique aims to transcend or go beyond the surface level of consciousness and reach a state of pure awareness and inner peace. It is a popular form of meditation that has been practiced for centuries and is known for its effectiveness in reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.

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  • 15. 

    Snyder is in therapy with a health psychologist for relief from panic attacks. The psychologist uses a technique in which Snyder is asked to imagine a peaceful pastoral scene and then concentrate on that scene during any anxiety-provoking situation. From this descripton, it appears that Snyder's psychologist is using

    • A.

      Hypnosis

    • B.

      Progressive muscle relaxation

    • C.

      Meditative relaxation

    • D.

      Guided imagery

    Correct Answer
    D. Guided imagery
    Explanation
    The psychologist is using guided imagery as a technique to help Snyder with his panic attacks. Guided imagery involves asking the individual to imagine a peaceful scene and then focus on that scene during anxiety-provoking situations. This technique aims to help Snyder relax and reduce his anxiety by redirecting his attention to a calming and peaceful mental image.

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  • 16. 

    Research on the medical benefits of qi gong indicates that

    • A.

      Qi gong training produces beneficial changes in the immune system

    • B.

      Qi gong must be combined with tai chi to exert beneficial effects

    • C.

      The benefits are similar to relaxation training, producing mostly stress reduction

    • D.

      The benefits of qi gong are similar ot placebo effects

    Correct Answer
    A. Qi gong training produces beneficial changes in the immune system
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that qi gong training produces beneficial changes in the immune system. This suggests that practicing qi gong can have a positive impact on the body's immune response, potentially leading to improved overall health and well-being.

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  • 17. 

    Health psychologists have most effectively used hypnotic treatment to help people

    • A.

      Control pain

    • B.

      Cope with stress

    • C.

      Stop smoking

    • D.

      Alter eating habits

    Correct Answer
    A. Control pain
    Explanation
    Health psychologists have most effectively used hypnotic treatment to help people control pain. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility, which can be utilized to manage pain. By guiding individuals into a trance-like state, health psychologists can suggest pain relief techniques and help individuals gain control over their pain perception. This approach has been found to be effective in reducing pain intensity and improving overall quality of life for individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions.

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  • 18. 

    In the US, who is most likely to use CAM?

    • A.

      A well-educated European American woman

    • B.

      A poorly educated Hispanic woman

    • C.

      An Asian American whose parents immigrated to the US

    • D.

      People with low back injuries

    Correct Answer
    A. A well-educated European American woman
    Explanation
    A well-educated European American woman is most likely to use CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine). This can be attributed to factors such as higher education levels, access to information, and a greater awareness and acceptance of alternative healthcare practices. Additionally, European American women may have the financial means to afford CAM treatments and may prioritize their health and well-being.

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  • 19. 

    Critics of CAM aruge that few double-blind, placebo controlled trials have demonstrated effectiveness. CAM advocates argue that

    • A.

      Many techniaues used in conventional medicine have not been evaluated by this method either

    • B.

      Double-bind, placebo controlled trials are a flawed method for evaluating health research

    • C.

      Resaerchers are biased against CAM, so the research is not fair

    • D.

      The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is underfunded

    Correct Answer
    A. Many techniaues used in conventional medicine have not been evaluated by this method either
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that CAM advocates argue that many techniques used in conventional medicine have not been evaluated by the double-blind, placebo controlled trial method either. This implies that the critics' argument about the lack of effectiveness demonstrated in CAM may not be valid, as conventional medicine also lacks evidence through this method.

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  • 20. 

    As a treatment for pain, acupuncture

    • A.

      Is no more effective than a placebo

    • B.

      Produces biochemical changes in the brain consistent with pain relief

    • C.

      Is less effective than TENS

    • D.

      All of these are correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Produces biochemical changes in the brain consistent with pain relief
    Explanation
    Acupuncture has been found to produce biochemical changes in the brain that are consistent with pain relief. This means that when acupuncture is administered, it triggers certain physiological responses in the brain that help alleviate pain. This finding suggests that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain.

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  • 21. 

    Biofeedback

    • A.

      Offers clear advantages over relaxation training for migraine headaches

    • B.

      Has demonstrated its independent therapeutic effects for all types of headaches as well as for gastric disorders

    • C.

      Is not more effectice than relaxation techniques for controlling pain

    • D.

      Is more successful with psychological than with physiological disorders

    Correct Answer
    C. Is not more effectice than relaxation techniques for controlling pain
    Explanation
    The given answer suggests that biofeedback is not more effective than relaxation techniques for controlling pain. This implies that both biofeedback and relaxation techniques have similar effectiveness in managing pain.

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  • 22. 

    Hypnosis is more effective in controlling ___ pain than ___ pain.

    • A.

      Acute...chronic

    • B.

      Chronic...acute

    • C.

      Low back...headache

    • D.

      Fibromyalgia...postsurgical

    Correct Answer
    A. Acute...chronic
    Explanation
    Hypnosis is more effective in controlling acute pain than chronic pain because acute pain is typically short-term and has a clear cause, making it easier to address through hypnosis techniques. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is long-lasting and often has multiple underlying causes, making it more difficult to manage solely through hypnosis.

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  • 23. 

    Dangers related to CAm usage

    • A.

      Include interactions that may occur between herbal preparations and other drugs

    • B.

      Arise most often from the use of homeopathic remedies

    • C.

      May occur from infection at the site of needle placement from acupuncture

    • D.

      Both a and c

    Correct Answer
    D. Both a and c
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "both a and c". This means that dangers related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) usage can include interactions between herbal preparations and other drugs, as well as the risk of infection at the site of needle placement from acupuncture. These dangers highlight the importance of being cautious and informed when using CAM therapies, as they can have potential risks and side effects.

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  • 24. 

    People may be limited in their access to CAM through

    • A.

      The costs of the treatments, which are often not ocvered by insurance

    • B.

      Their physicians, who often discontinue conventional treatments for those who use CAM

    • C.

      Their families' reactions to their treatment choice

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. The costs of the treatments, which are often not ocvered by insurance
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the costs of the treatments, which are often not covered by insurance. This explanation suggests that people may have limited access to CAM due to the financial burden associated with these treatments. Insurance companies often do not cover the costs of CAM, making it inaccessible for individuals who cannot afford to pay out-of-pocket. This lack of insurance coverage can act as a barrier, preventing people from seeking and utilizing CAM therapies.

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  • 25. 

    Norman Cousins, whose profile began Chpt. 8, envisioned the practice of medicine that most closely corresponds to

    • A.

      The biomedical model

    • B.

      The replacement of conventional medicine with alternative medicine

    • C.

      The elimination of alternative medice

    • D.

      Integrative medicine

    Correct Answer
    D. Integrative medicine
    Explanation
    Norman Cousins, as mentioned in Chapter 8, is associated with integrative medicine. Integrative medicine refers to the practice of combining conventional medicine with alternative therapies and approaches to provide comprehensive and holistic healthcare. This approach takes into account the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being of the patient. It emphasizes the importance of collaboration between healthcare professionals and encourages the use of evidence-based complementary therapies alongside conventional treatments. Norman Cousins' vision aligns with the principles and goals of integrative medicine, making it the most fitting choice.

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