Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic medical system that has been used in China for over 2,000 years. TCM is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is believed to be the vital energy that flows through the body. When this energy is flowing freely, a person is considered to be healthy.

When the flow of Qi is blocked or disrupted, illness or disease can occur.

TCM uses a variety of techniques to diagnose and treat illness, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet therapy, and tui na (a type of massage).

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi. The practitioner will select points based on their diagnosis and the individual’s symptoms. This can help to reduce pain and improve overall health.

Herbal medicine is an important component of TCM, and is often used in combination with other techniques.

There are over 300 commonly used herbs in TCM, each with its own specific properties and effects. Herbs can be taken as a decoction (a tea made from boiling herbs), as a pill, or as a tincture (a concentrated liquid extract).

Diet therapy is also an important aspect of TCM. Foods are chosen based on their properties, such as being warming or cooling, and are used to balance the individual’s Qi. This can help to improve overall health and prevent illness.

Tui na is a type of massage that involves manipulating the Qi through pressure on specific points on the body.