Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine, with a history of more than 2,500 years.
Many people often equate the practice of acupuncture with the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. This is not entirely true.
While acupuncture is the most often practiced component of traditional Chinese medicine, it is simply that – a component, an important piece of a much larger puzzle.
Many Western-trained physicians have begun to see the benefits traditional Chinese medicine has to offer patients and now include acupuncture — at least on a limited basis — as part of their practice.
Traditional Chinese medicine encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health.
Along with acupuncture, TCM incorporates adjunctive techniques such as;
- acupressure and moxibustion; manipulative and massage techniques such as tuina and gua sha;
- herbal medicine; diet and lifestyle changes; meditation; and exercise (often in the form of qigong or tai chi).
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory that all of the body’s organs mutually support each other.
Therefore, in order to be healthy, an individual’s organs (and their functions) must be in balance.
This balance is attained, in part, by harmonizing yin and yang, two opposing but complementary energies thought to affect all life.
Another theory in traditional Chinese medicine is that vital energy (called “qi” or “chi”) flows throughout the body via certain pathways (or “meridians”).
According to this theory, disease and other emotional, mental, and physical health problems develop when the flow of qi is blocked, weak, or excessive.
Restoring the flow of qi is considered essential to balancing the yin and yang and, in turn, achieving wellness.
Rather than prescribing specific herbs, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine typically combine a number of different herbs in formulas selected depending on the patient’s individual needs.
These formulas may be given as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders therefore we have TherapTea formula created for your convenience.