What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a a distinct and separate medical system and practice from modern Western medicine. TCM is a highly developed professional medicine with a history of more than 2,000 years, making it the oldest, continuously practiced professional medicine in the world. It is used by one quarter of the world’s population- and growing! In fact, Chinese medicine has been proven to work so well that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended TCM for worldwide use.

Whereas modern Western medicine treats diseases, TCM views healing as a process of restoring the harmony and balance of the entire individual. By looking at each individual’s particular pattern of imbalance, TCM is able to design a treatment specifically catered to bring the patient back to balance without short or long-term side effects. Because we are all so unique in our constitution and our symptoms, it follows that no two people should necessarily receive the same treatment, even if both have been diagnosed with the same Western disease.This is one of the incredible strengths of TCM, and part of what makes it such an effective complement to Western medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a number of different therapies to enact healing. These include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy, therapeutic massage (tui na), and healing exercises (qi gong).

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