Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

To define Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) means describing a complete system of healing that was developed thousands of years ago in China. TCM is an accumulation of many different theories. It is my belief that the original form of TCM is more effective for people practicing methods and traditions of ancient China than it is for today’s modern population. I believe TCM is constantly evolving, due to our continual ever changing environment. It is a system that adapts to the unending changes in our spiritual, emotional, and physical health.

Traditionally trained TCM practitioners do not treat a symptom of physical illness alone. It is by keen observation and questioning of the patient that they gain an understanding into the underlying “cause” of their symptoms. It is in looking for and addressing the “cause” of one’s symptoms that a TCM practitioner gains success in bringing about healing for their patients. It is the belief of the TCM practitioner that true and complete healing comes from looking at the total picture of one’s health, not simply one’s symptoms.

Thorough questioning will be asked, such as:

  • Is there a cyclic nature to your symptoms?
  • Is there a specific time of the day when the symptom occurs?
  • Have you been able to determine what makes it better or worse?
  • Is it affected by heat or cold?

These are just a few of the many variations of questions that could be asked by a TCM practitioner to gain insight into understanding the nature of the illness.

Upon examination, many types of observations will be made, such as:

  • Coloring of skin, such as: gray, green, yellow, pale, etc.
  • Texture and color of tongue.
  • Health of nails.
  • Symmetry of facial features.

Again, these are just examples of the various observations by a TCM practitioner.

The ancient Chinese believed there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy circulates through the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this system of energetic balance flows with ease, homeostasis is present. Once the flow of energy is blocked or disrupted, symptoms of pain and illness begin to surface.

Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal function and flow of the body’s Chi by disrupting or breaking down the energetic roadblock, which is hindering the natural course of one’s energy.

TCM’s primary objective is to re-establish a state of equilibrium of the internal environment of the body.