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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

The origin of Traditional Chinese Medicine is clouded in time, with evidence pointing to its evolution over 4,000 years ago and its strong links with the Eastern Philosophy of Taoism.

In modern day China, TCM is a core part of the Chinese National Health Service and is taught extensively across China in Medical Schools. It is used as a standard method of treatment in Chinese hospitals alongside more modern western medicine.

The core logic of Traditional Chinese Medicine is represented by the now well-known Yin – Yang symbol - this reflects that a disorder or illness is indicative of an imbalance within the whole body and is frequently the result of disharmony between the body and its physical, social and mental environment.

Chinese Medicine Treatment seeks to balance Yin and Yang by harmonising the functionality of the various internal organs, with an emphasis on an holistic and individually designed treatments for the patient. It seeks to resolve the root cause of the problem/illness together with the symptoms, whether the problem be diet, infection, injury, lifestyle or immune system related.

Range of Treatments

Over the millennia Traditional Chinese Medicine has evolved several unique diagnostic methods and treatments some of which are Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tui Na Massage.

All of these treatments are practised extensively throughout the whole of China and much of the modern world.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Language

The language and philosophy of TCM is different from that of Western medicine and can be difficult to follow and understand. Should you wish to learn more about the theory or practical theory behind TCM, please get in touch and we would be happy to recommend relevant literature.

Alternatively, you could view the websites listed below which offer an introduction to the many aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.