What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is an ancient medical system that originated at least 2500 years ago in eastern Asia, and is still practiced around the world. The cornerstone of Chinese Medicine is the recognition that our health is not simply the absence of disease, but rather that health is maintaining balance within ourselves and with our environment. This internal and external harmony helps us to live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives. TCM is a natural form of healing that includes chinese herbal therapy, acupuncture, Tui Na massage, moxibustion, Qi gong, cupping, Gua Sha, and lifestyle/nutritional counseling. These techniques can be effectively applied to heal anyone with any health issue, as proved through thousands of years of application to the largest population in the world.

You may wonder how such an ancient medicine, can still be effective for people of the modern age. The answer lies in the foundation of Chinese Medicine, which is based upon the unalterable laws of nature. Every TCM principle and healing technique reflects and harmonizes with the relationships found in nature. Our bodies are viewed as a microcosm of the macrocosm, thus we reflect and our interconnected with the laws of the universe. This chart of the 5 elements, Fire-Earth-Metal-Water-Wood, helps to explore these relationships that exist both in nature and within our bodies.

These 5-elements along with other ancient concepts, such as Yin and Yang, instruct the practitioner’s diagnosis, and treatment protocol. However, a TCM practitioner is also well-trained to understand and incorporate the use of Western Medicine. For example, if patients are on a prescription for blood thinners, the TCM practitioner will adjust the treatment protocol accordingly. In modern day China, TCM and western medicine are often clinically integrated in the hospitals. For some diseases, such as cancer, doctors find that this integration offers the patient a better prognosis, then either medicine used alone.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven as an effective medicine for thousands of years, and can treat “any disease known to man” according to the Nei Jing, a well-known classical text of Chinese Medicine. This holistic, natural medicine has clearly stood the test of time, and works amazingly well. Come in and try it for yourself today!

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