Traditional Chinese Medicine is a style of traditional medicine built on a
foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that
includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy,
with recent influences from modern Western medicine.
TCM is widely used in China where it has long been the standard
system of medicine, and is becoming increasingly popular and
recognized worldwide an a form of complementary medicine.
One of the basic tenets of TCM is that the body’s ‘vital energy’ (chi or qi)
circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches
connected to bodily organs and functions. Health is perceived as the
harmonious interaction between the individual’s chi and their
environment; disease is interpreted as a disharmony in this interaction.
TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms to patterns of an underlying
disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and
eyes, looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person, as well as
many other things.