Steeped with a deep history dating more than 3000 years old, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been intrinsically linked with Chinese Culture for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to China where the Chinese have predominantly depended on it to treat themselves. In the last few years, the practice of TCM has started to gain attention all over the world and is now viewed with an almost equal importance as Western Medicine.
The primary basis of TCM revolves around the concept of balanced Yin, Yang and Qi. Yin & Yang are defined as opposite forms of energy that affect our bodies negatively if there is an imbalance of either one. Qi, also known as our body's life force is tied closely with yin and yang as a balance of Qi in our system is highly dependent on harmony between the two. TCM believes that our ailments are a result of excess or insufficient Qi flowing through specific areas of our body and can be cured once rectified.
There are a range of both internal and external causes for diseases in TCM philosophy. These can come in the form of your internal emotions or a dietary imbalance caused by your food intake as well as other factors. A sphere of TCM practices like remedial herbs, acupuncture or Chinese massage (Tui Na) may be employed to mitigate the affected areas to restore the body¹s Qi flow.
What is TCM