Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient healthcare system that developed in the Orient.  The earliest records of this form of healing date back 3,000 years.  Today, TCM is one of the most widely practised traditional medicine system in the world and is increasingly being used in the western countries and is approved by the World Health Organization for many conditions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic system that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition therapy, massage and exercise.  The most commonly used therapies are acupuncture and herbal medicine.   Chinese medicine can gently guide you to a more vital, meaningful and enjoyable life as it is an effective tool for maintaining optimum health and preventing illness.

TCM views the whole person as an energy system in which  both the body and the mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other.   Health is seen as the smooth flow of energy (Qi) through a network of channels that run throughout the body.  Qi is the word which encompasses the meaning of all vital activities and substances in the human body.  It is the “Life Force” of all livings things as well as representative of all energy within the universe.  It is a word, not fully understood by the Western mind, therefore it is not always accepted as existing.  However, it is less important to dwell on its definition, than to understand Qi through its function, as Qi is the foundation of Oriental medicine.

According to the function of Qi, every part of the body is connected and each internal organ has a corresponding channel.  If the circulation of Qi within a channel is disrupted, the organ associated with that channel can no longer work effectively and disease may result.