Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in China well over 2000 years ago, but has since spread to almost every corner of the world. Today, nearly a quarter of the world’s population use TCM as a first resort. Based on treatments that attempt to restore balance and harmony to the body, TCM has become increasingly popular in the West in recent years.
Central to TCM is a belief in the energy force known as qi (chi). In a healthy body, this life force flows smoothly and strongly through the body. Should this force become weakened or even blocked, illness is likely to result. Qi is composed of opposing elements - yin and yang - which also need to be kept in balance for good health.
Preventing health problems before they arise is as important as treating them in TCM. Knowledge of a person’s lifestyle is an important consideration for a doctor of TCM. Diet, exercise, sleep and the surrounding environment are all important factors when assessing a patient. If treatment is prescribed, TCM offers a range of therapies including acupuncture, moxibustion - the burning of a herb on or near the skin - and numerous combinations of herbal medicines.
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