Traditional Chinese Medicine


A Brief History

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a recorded history dating back over 2,500 years. The Classics of Internal Medicine or (Huang Di Nei Jing) is the oldest medical book in China, and contains the framework upon which TCM is based. This art has been continuously refined through the clinical experiences of some 200 generations of practitioners. The World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations, acknowledges the ability of Traditional Chinese Medicine to facilitate healing in many disease.

Diagnosis and Traditional Chinese Medicine

When making a diagnosis, doctors of TCM are concerned with the whole person. They focus on physical and psychological characteristics as key indicators of health and disease. Included in this procedure are tongue and pulse diagnoses, coupled with a detailed history of signs and symptoms. From this, the physician pieces together a pattern of disharmony which is used to formulate a diagnosis and tailor a treatment specifically to the individual. TCM not only alleviates symptoms, but also directs its attention to treating the underlying causes of disease - 'THE ROOT CAUSE' - thus returning the body, mind and spirit to a balanced state.

Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Ji) / Qi Gong

Millions of people in China and around the world regularly practice qigong as a health maintenance exercise. Qigong and related disciplines are still associated with the martial arts and meditation routines trained by Taoist and Buddhist monks, professional martial artists and their students. Formerly much more closely guarded, in the modern era such practices have become widely available to the general public both in China and around the world.

Medical qigong treatment has been officially recognized as a standard medical technique in Chinese hospitals since 1989. It has been included in the curriculum of major universities in China. After years of debate, the Chinese government decided to officially manage qigong through government regulation in 1996 and has also listed qigong as part of their National Health Plan.

Qigong can help practitioners to learn Diaphragmatic breathing, an important component of the relaxation response, which is important in combating stress.

Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Ji)

Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art based on the principles of internal qigong, appears to be a potent intervention to prevent falls in elders, maintain joint mobility, and improve balance.


Herbal prescriptions are recommended in the treatment of various diseases and may be used separately or in conjunction with acupuncture. The most commonly prescribed herbal remedies are herbal teas/decoctions consisting of a variety of raw/dried Chinese herbs or Chinese herbal powders.
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