Traditional Chinese Medicine
Developed in Asia over 4,000 years ago, TCM focuses on viewing the patient as a whole to treat and prevent illness. TCM practitioners have been extensively trained to identify "patterns of disharmony" which lead to diagnosis and to make recommendations of treatment specific to the individual. TCM is an energetic medicine based on the Qi or electromagnetic energy that supports life. Qi is odorless, tasteless and invisible yet is detectable by specialized sensitive western machines and sensitive people. Everyone can learn to detect Qi with training, and Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine use their knowledge of Qi and their skills of detecting it to diagnose and treat illness.
Treatments typically involve combinations of acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage and dietary lifestyle counseling. In addition to relieving symptoms, TCM directs its attention to treating the underlying cause of the disease, thus enabling the patient to return to a balanced state of health.