TCM History

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of medicine used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. It can be effective for physical, psychological and emotional conditions.

Acupuncture, a form of TCM, has been practiced for more than 2500 years, yet it is one of the most widely used health modalities of the 21st century. This ancient knowledge of the body and its functions is still relevant for today’s health conditions.

TCM sees disease as an imbalance in the flow of energy (ch’i). Where there is insufficient movement of energy or where energy becomes blocked, there is imbalance, which manifests as disease. TCM aims to identify where there is imbalance and uses one of several methods such as acupuncture and herbs to help the body restore itself to a state of relative balance.

TCM aims at treating the whole person rather than just the disease/ symptom. It takes into account not only physical but also mental and emotional aspects to develop a complete picture of the patient and looks at treating the root pattern(s) of disharmony rather than simply treating the symptoms of disease.

TCM has always been used as a preventative medicine, as a way of maintaining health, but can also bring great benefits to the patient in almost any illness.