Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long and rich history and is one of the oldest literates and
continuously practiced forms of medicine in the world. It evolved from over 2000 years of clinical
observations and reflects the Chinese cultural legacy and values of longevity and wellness.
Today, traditional Chinese medicine is the primary healthcare system for over 25% of the world’s
population and is the fastest-growing form of healthcare in the United States. The main treatment
modalities performed by TCM practitioners include herbal medicine prescription, acupuncture,
moxibustion, cupping, and scraping. The fact that TCM has existed for thousands of years, and is still
used today, is a testament to its value as a highly effective form of healthcare.
TCM is based on the theory that qi (the body's vital energy) flows along meridians (channels) in the body
and keeps a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health in balance. It aims to restore the
body’s balance and harmony between the natural opposing forces of yin and yang. On the other hand,
unbalanced yin and yang, and blockage of the vital energy will in turn cause disease.