What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Ultimately, the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also referred to as Oriental Medicine, is a system of health care that brings the body into balance and returns it to a natural state of harmony. Developed over the course of several thousand years, Traditional Chinese Medicine employs a method of inquiry and analysis of external observations to acquire information of the internal systems of the human body. The interconnected relationships are examined to understand the fundamental roots that govern the functioning of the human organism. It applies this understanding to health care to examine imbalances that cause disease. Treatment and prevention of disease are derived from the application of this information.

This medicine is a unique, comprehensive and systematic structure based on the Theory of the 5 Elements, the Theory of the 8 Parameters, the Meridian system, the principles of Yin-Yang, and the interactions of the Blood, Qi, and Body Fluids. Treatment is conducted with reference to this philosophical framework. Through the use of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na (massage), Cupping, Guasha, and other modalities, the acupuncturist seeks to balance the body's energetic systems to restore the proper health.