What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
TCM is comprised of acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. With a history of 3000 years, TCM developed into a modern tool for Medicine and nowadays used by a quarter of the world's population.
TCM is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced Chee) which is the life force or vital energy. Qi is the living force that serves to warm us, protect us from external pathogenic factors, promote the functions of the body and hold our organs and tissues in place.
TCM is also based on the idea of yin and yang. These terms refer to a conceptual framework that comes from observing and analysing the natural world. They relate to an opposite, but a complementary relationship between phenomenon.
Examples of yin/yang are cold/hot, night/day, dark/light. In traditional Chinese medicine, there must be a harmonious balance between yin, yang, and a smooth flow of qi throughout the body for good health to exist. A disharmony between yin and yang and a disturbance in the flow of qi may result in disease.
The goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to guide the body back into balance. Traditional Chinese Medicine is holistic; it treats the whole person (mind, body, spirit), not just the illness.