Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body. TCM is a complete medical system that has been practiced for more than five thousand years.
TCM is holistic in its approach; it views every aspect of a person's body, mind, spirit, and emotions as part of one complete circle rather than loosely connected pieces to be treated individually.
Major TCM Treatment Modalities
Most often people derive their understanding of TCM from acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of the major treatment modalities of this comprehensive medical system. Following is a brief description of other treatment modalities:
Herbal Therapy: The use of herbal combinations or formulas to strengthen and support organ system function.
Acupuncture: The insertion of needles in acupoints or nodes, to help Qi flow smoothly. Due to its importance, a separate page is devoted to Acupuncture.
Acupressure: The use of specific hand techniques to help Qi flow smoothly.
Foods for Healing: The prescription of certain foods for healing based on their energy essences or energy signatures, not nutritional value.
Chinese Psychology: The understanding of emotions and their relationship to the internal organ systems and their influence on health.
Qigong: An energy practice, generally encompassing simple movements and postures. Some Qigong systems also emphasize breathing techniques.