Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient set of practices from China that operate under the belief that the processes of the human body are interrelated and connected to the environment. TCM practitioners approach healthcare from a holistic standpoint, looking for the underlying imbalances and disharmonies behind an illness. The practitioner will look at the whole picture and try to treat the patient, instead of just the disease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine originated out of Taoist beliefs established over 4,000 years ago. Today TCM has been refined and adapted, but many of the practices are performed as they have been for thousands of years.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has always been an important component of healthcare in China, but over the past few decades, it has grown in popularity in the Western world as well. Today, practices such as acupuncture, T’ai Chi and herbal treatments can be found in many health centers, and scientific studies have shown promising health benefits.