Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM is the name given to the collective holistic therapies of Chinese medicine.
It's been used in China as a health care system for thousands of years. It's core theory is that of yin and yang and the believe that mind, body and spirit are one.
Types of TCM
There are 7 different syatems of medicine that make up traditional Chinese medicine and include:
- Moxibustion therapy
- Cupping therapy
- Gua sha
- Chinese herbal medicine (herbal remedies)
- Chinese dietary therapy (dietary supplements)
- Chinese lifestyle optimisation
- Exercises such as tai chi, qi gong and kung fu
A TCM practitioners will be fully aware of all these different therapies and be able to practice them with their patients.
Research into TCM
The National Institutes of Health list evidence based systematic reviews that support it's therapeutic benefits for many health problems.