What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is complete medical system that employs multiple modalities for the treatment of disease. TCM has developed out of a long and well documented history that continues to evolve through research and clinical experience today.
Acupuncture is the TCM modality that most people are familiar with and it involves the use of very thin, solid, round-tipped, sterile needles, which the practitioner inserts at specific points on the body depending upon the condition of the patient.
Acupuncture has been used for a very long time in other countries, particularly in Asia, for a wide variety of conditions. In the last 30 or 40 years acupuncture has gained in popularity here in the United States.
Recent biomedical research suggests that acupuncture can alleviate pain by decreasing inflammation and interrupting pain signals to the brain.
Herbal medicine is another branch of TCM that is widely used. In the Chinese medicine tradition of herbal medicine, multiple herbs are combined in formulas that are tailored to the individual and their specific condition. Depending on what is being treated, herbal formulas can be taken internally and/or applied topically.
Tui Na, a specialty of ours, is a type of Chinese medical massage employed for both painful conditions and internal complaints.
Other equally important treatment approaches within TCM include dietary therapy, from the theory of Chinese medicine, looks at the foods we eat as integral to our overall health. Qi Gong is an exercise system, similar in many ways to both Tai Ji and yoga, that utilizes breathing and gentle movement to benefit your health.