Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back thousands of years, making it one of the world’s oldest health care systems. This natural and holistic system of primary health care includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and remedial massage (An Mo Tui Na). TCM is used to treat people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds worldwide.
The underlying philosophy of all TCM practice is that an abundant supply of Qi flows freely through the meridians of a healthy body. If this flow is blocked or inadequate, the body struggles to maintain harmony, balance and order. Pain, disease and/or illness follow.
In addition to physical trauma, common contributors to disharmony can include stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, environmental conditions and more general lifestyle factors.
TCM’s holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes means that it focuses on the prevention of illness as much as it does on its treatment. Underlying conditions are treated, in addition to resolving presenting symptoms; via individualised formulae for each patient.
Evidence-based TCM practice also utilises the wealth of clinical research findings from the past 50+ years to guide treatment plans.