TCM – TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete, holistic health care system. Approaches to treatment include: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Massage (also known as Tui na Massage), Cupping, diet and lifestyle advice. It has an uninterrupted history of development and scholarship dating back more than two thousand years and provides a safe and effective approach to helping heal modern health issues.
TCM takes an holistic approach to understanding good health and disease and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment. The primary feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the premise that good health relies on the maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the body
TCM is an Ancient yet Completely Modern Healing System
Well structured and resting on a solid, coherent theoretical basis, Traditional Chinese Medicine can be effectively applied to help heal the broad spectrum of health issues because it is rooted in unchanging natural law. Every TCM principle, theory, and healing practice reflects and harmonises with the relationships that exist in natural law. It has the ability to understand and address individual health needs and teach you how to live a life of balance, wellness, and harmony.
The Four Key TCM Principles are:
- Your body is an integrated whole. Your mind, emotions, spirit and body combine to form a complex, interrelated system that is powered by Qi (life force, or energy). Everything you need to heal yourself exists within your being.
- You are connected to nature. Changes in nature are always reflected in your body. TCM considers the particular season as well as your age, genetics, and the condition of your body when looking at your health issues.
- You were born with a natural self-healing ability. Your body has a regenerative capacity. TCM helps you recharge this self-healing function.
- Prevention is the best cure. Your body is continually revealing signs about the state of your health? It's common to ignore these signs or symptoms until something more complicated arises. TCM teaches you how to read the language of your body and communicates to you how to be proactive about your health.
What is Qi & how does it affect the body?
TCM thinks of your health in terms of your Qi (life force or energy). When healthy, an abundant supply of Qi flows through the body's meridians – a network of invisible channels throughout the body. If the flow of Qi becomes blocked, or is depleted, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease, weather, and other lifestyle factors.
When assessing an individuals health, any imbalance in the body is evident to TCM practitioners through identifiable signs of body dysfunction. In addition to looking carefully at these signs of health and dysfunction, they will pay particular attention not just to the patient’s symptoms, but also to their medical history and general constitution.
Treatment is applied to the underlying condition as well as to the presenting symptoms. Supported by centuries of clinical experience and understanding, TCM shows impressive results in healing many diseases, including those that are chronic and difficult to treat using Western medicine, with few side effects.