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. Instead of Rx medications or surgery, we use therapies such as acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, massage (acupressure and/or tuina), meditation, exercise and breathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet and lifestyle adjustment.
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 date back 2,000 years and make references to even older texts that have yet to be discovered. Some estimate the medicine to be as much as 5,000 years old.
The primary premise of modern TCM is that good health relies on the maintenance of harmony, and illness requires that harmony and balance to be restored.
TCM takes a holistic approach. Because we are always seeking the root of an issue, it's difficult to isolate one part of the body from another or one symptom from others. Thus, in treating chronic back and knee pain, we might simultaneously treat frequent urination, or anxiety, fatigue, or maybe even low sex drive. (Again, it all depends on the root that is causing the back pain.)
One of the best reasons to try a TCM approach is it's harmonizing effects. We can begin to treat issues before they reach a point of illness. Treating stress before it causes irritability, before it manifests as hypertension, before headaches or digestive issues begin is... well, it's everything.
The negative side effects of this medicine are rare and minimal. The positive side effects are increased strength and vitality.