Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that has been used for over two thousand years.

TCM practitioners use a variety of techniques to restore balance within the body. These include acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion (the burning of herbs on the skin), and massage.

TCM is based on the belief that qi (pronounced "chee"), or life energy, flows through the body along pathways called meridians. If the flow of qi becomes blocked, it can lead to illness. Acupuncture and other TCM techniques are used to unblock the flow of qi and restore balance.

TCM is not just a system of medicine, but a way of looking at the world. It is based on the principle of yin and yang, which states that everything in the universe is made up of two opposing forces.

Yin and yang are in constant flux, and when they are in balance, there is harmony. Illness occurs when there is an imbalance.

TCM practitioners use a variety of diagnostic techniques to identify imbalances. These include pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, and analysis of the patient's voice, facial features, and body type. Once an imbalance is identified, the practitioner will develop a treatment plan to restore balance.

Acupuncture is one of the most well-known TCM therapies. It involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at specific points along the meridians. The needles are used to unblock the flow of qi and stimulate healing.

Herbal medicine is another important part of TCM. Herbal formulas are used to treat a wide variety of conditions. The herbs are usually combined in specific ratios and taken orally in the form of teas, herbal capsules, or pills.

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