ἀσκέειν, περὶ τὰ νουσήματα, δύο, ὠφελέειν, ἢ μὴ βλάπτειν (physicians have two main objectives, to do good and do no harm)
— Hippocrates

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of medicine with its own form of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and therapies.  Some of these therapies include: acupuncture, moxibustionChinese herbal medicine, massage (acupressure and/or tuina), meditationexercise and breathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet and lifestyle advice.

In United States, the most popular form of TCM is acupuncture, however the best and most effectively healing comes when different aspects of the medicine are practiced simultaneously.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine has an elaborate and well documented history, the oldest texts (dating back 2,000 years) make references to even older texts that have yet to be discovered. 

The primary premise of modern TCM is that good health relies on the restoration, maintenance of harmony, and balance of the body.

TCM takes a holistic approach.  It not only focuses on the function of the disease processes, but also on the prevention of illness.

One of the best reasons to try a TCM approach is it's harmonizing effects.  We can begin to treat issues before the point of illness.  The negative side effects are rare and minimal.  The positive side effects are increased overall strength and vitality.

Sunflower Venice Community Gardens 2010

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Venice Community Gardens 2010