What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of health care whose roots can be traced back thousands of years. Best known in the western world for its effectiveness of pain relief through the use of acupuncture, the modern-day practice of TCM also includes herbal medicine, diet therapy, gua sha, cupping, tuina (Chinese massage), and various forms of therapeutic exercises: Tai chi, Qi gong and meditation. The practice of acupuncture has spread to many countries and is recognized by the World Health Organization.
TCM aims to improve a wide variety of acute and chronic health concerns by looking for the root cause. It can also help you maintain good health and possibly prevent the development of future conditions.
According to TCM principles, illness is the result of imbalances in the body. These problems may be caused by a blockage of the free flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood, or by an imbalance between the components of Qi, yin and yang. Yin and Yang are two kinds of energy, with different qualities, that should work in harmony to balance the body’s internal environment and maintain healthy body function. Removing blockages of qi and regulating yin and yang improves the function of all the body’s processes.