modalities in TCM
are Acupuncture and
Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history over 3000 years. It is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. Although TCM and Western medicine are very different, they may be considered complementary.
Since ancient times, Chinese healing practitioners have recognized a vital energy in all life forms and life processes. This vital energy is called Qi (pronounced Chee). A key concept in TCM is that Qi flows within the body along specific pathways called meridians. Each meridian is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ.
Theory and Therapies
In TCM theory, disease may occur due to a deficiency or imbalance of Qi within meridians and their associated physiological system and internal organ. TCM has developed many therapies for the prevention and treatment of disease. However, the two primary therapeutic modalities in TCM are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture promotes and restores the free flow of qi. In Chinese herbal medicine, individual herbs are combined in formulas designed to target an individuals disharmony in order to expedite the healing process by strengthening and supporting the body.
Treatment and Prevention
The dynamic properties of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work to activate the natural, self-healing abilities of the body. Treatment can help to relieve symptoms and signs of many health problems, as well as strengthen and support the body to prevent future illness and disease.
an energetic model rather than the
biochemical model of Western Medicine.”