This page contains 'Frequently Ask Questions' (FAQs).
What is TCM?
TCM stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been in practice in China for about 5000 years. TCM includes: Acupuncture, Herbology bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise.
Philosophy of TCM?
TCM relies upon a concept of Qi or the bodys vital energy. Qi (pronounced Chi ).
How does Qi work?
Qi circulates throughout the body along pathways called meridians (or channels). There are 12 main meridians each pertaining to a specific internal organ supplying it with Qi. When Qi flows freely and in abundance, the body is in a state of health and exhibits good circulation. The lack of Qi or stagnant Qi gives rise to disease, thereby causing disharmony and imbalance of the organs.
How does TCM differ from Western medicine?
The procedure consists of diagnosis and treatment. It has been proven to be effective in curing and relieving many acute and chronic disorders, as well as maintaining health. It is also effective as a means of preventing degenerating into ill health, by maintaining a healthy Qi. However, Emergency medical situations will often be referred to a clinic or hospital for acute care attention.
Will TCM replace Western medicine?
TCM is being recognized as an effective alternative to Western medicine type care. TCM will not replace Western medical techniques, but is proving to be an effective complementary treatment method. TCM techniques are proving to be as effective as medicines and some forms of surgery.
When is TCM used compared to using Western medicine?
TCM techniques are used for mild or chronic pain, traffic accident injuries, cessation of smoking, weight reduction, etc.
Urgent medical attention may often be referred to a hospital or clinic.
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