Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic health system which uses acupuncture specialised massage, herbal medicine, nutrition, movement exercises, and other ways to bring the body into balance, and restore and maintain well-being. As a complete medical system, TCM has been practiced for more than five thousand years.
Everything in the body is interconnected: mind, body, and spirit all affect each other. At the heart of TCM is the principle that the root cause of illnesses, not their symptoms, must be treated.
TCM is founded on the meridian system (energy channels of the body), and aims to balance the yin (water and earth) and yang (fire and air) of the body's life force (Chi or Qi). Unlike conventional medicine in the West, TCM places an emphasis on the body's elements, and their interrelation with the body's individual systems. The meridians can be unblocked of stagnant energy (Qi), returning the body to a balanced state.
Chinese medicine views the body as composed of four basic elements: blood, Qi, the nervous system, and organ systems. If all four of these areas of substance/function are working well, a person is healthy. If there is a blood flow problem in any of these areas, there will be symptoms and a disease process begins. TCM practitioners diagnose from symptoms and treat the root of the problem to achieve relief, stability, and long-range improved health.
TCM can treat a wide range of conditions - physical, internal, external, and emotional. Determining the 'root cause' of your health issues means a tailored program can be developed to suit individual needs. The treatment may be as simple as a specialised massage, or include a course of treatments over several weeks combining several different modalities, such as acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine.
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