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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practised in China and the Far East for over 2,500 years. The principal aim of TCM is to treat the whole person’s emotional and physical state to recover and maintain homeostasis for optimal health. This is attained by ensuring the smooth flow of the body’s vital internal energy- called Qi (pronounced “chee”) and harmonising the forces of Yin and Yang. TCM observes the body as a holistic entity and through the smooth flow of Qi and finely balancing Yin and Yang, do the internal organs also attain equilibrium.
Qi circulates throughout the body, beneath the skin through a series of pathways called Channels. Channels have a close connection with each organ, thus they interconnect the organs and the internal-external body as an integrated whole through the movement of Qi.
The flow of Qi may be disturbed by various factors including hereditary factors, emotional stress, poor nutrition, weather and environmental conditions, trauma, infections and poisons. The principal aim of TCM in treating each person as a whole is to take these factors into consideration in order to balance the physical and emotional aspects of the individual to attain equilibrium.
TCM is a health care system which includes 5 components to naturally heal and promote optimal health by enhancing the body’s systems to rebalance itself.
The 5 components of TCM include:
- Acupuncture and Moxibustion
- Chinese hebal medicine
- Tuina (bodywork)
- Diet & Nutrional therapy
- Exercise and Rehabilitation: Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong
Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy treatments may include other affiliated therapies. These may include auricular acupuncture/ pressure (ear acupuncture/ pressure), electro-acupuncture, acupressure and body work, cupping (and sliding cupping), and therapeutic heat-lamp.
You may receive nutritional and dietary advice to complement your acupuncture and/ or Chinese herbal medicine therapies. Other lifestyle advice may also be adivsed, such as exercise and rehabilitation therapies, to further promote your therapeutic outcome.
As a Far Eastern health care system, TCM encorporates these various natural therapies to enhance individual physical and mental health, and vitality by promoting homeostasis.