WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world’s most ancient medical systems. It is a distinct and independent medical system originating from China more than 2000 years ago following long history of practical observation and experiences. TCM has been developing since then until to the modern days. Over the long history of clinical practice and theoretical development committed by TCM practitioners and scholars, TCM has developed into a systemic and integrative medical system with its own theoretical framework in physiopathology and therapeutics of human diseases. For thousands of years, TCM has played a major role in maintaining the health of Chinese populations.
TCM uses the concepts of Yin-Yang, five elementary, Zang-Fu, meridian and collaterals, natural and emotional factors to describe and differentiate physiological functions or disease process. TCM uses holistic approaches in diagnosing, preventing and treating diseases by identifying holistic patterns of human body conditions through syndrome differentiation and then applying an appropriate single or combination of the main therapeutic methods including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina. This is the unique characteristics that distinguish TCM from orthodox medicine.
A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner uses Chinese herbal medicine, TCM acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Qi Gong, and Tui Na (therapeutic massage) or a combination of these therapies. It takes several years of specialised study to understand the theories and the principles of TCM in order to be proficient in the practice TCM. It has been proven to be very effective in the management of many conditions, and has been safely practised for centuries. It is only safe in the hands of qualified practitioners, and could be harmful if administered by inadequately trained persons. It is essential, therefore, that before receiving TCM therapies, one should look for a qualified practitioner.
Traditional Chinese medicine was spread to Europe and UK hundreds years ago and has become increasingly popular over the past two decades. Very positive clinical responses have been recorded in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions such as various pains, osteoarthritis, depression skin problems and infertility etc.