TCM is widely used in North America. More Americans are using acupuncture, herbal remedies and other components of traditional Chinese medicine than ever before. The reasons for this vary, but the increasing interest in, and use of, TCM is due in large part to its effectiveness, affordability and lack of adverse side-effects compared to Western medicine. TCM treatments focus not only on solving current problems, but also on preventive care, maintenance, restoring and balancing the nervous system, regulating the production of hormones, and strengthening the immune system. The theoretical framework of TCM has a number of key components: Yin-yang theory: the concept of two opposing yet complementary forces that shape all life and the world. This is central to TCM. Meridians: In the TCM, a vital energy or life force called qi circulates in the body through a system of pathways called meridians. Health is an ongoing process of maintaining balance and harmony in the circulation of qi. TCM uses eight principles to analyze symptoms and categorize conditions: cold/heat, interior/exterior, yin/yang, and excess/deficiency (the chief principles). TCM uses the theory of five elements– fire, earth, metal, wood, and water– to explain how the body works; these elements correspond to particular organs and tissues in the body. These concepts are documented in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor), the classic Chinese medicine text. Diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine is simple yet effective — diagnostic observation includes looking, listening, smelling, asking, and touching. Traditional Chinese medicine encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health. Along with acupuncture, TCM incorporates adjunctive techniques such as acupressure and moxibustion, manipulative and massage techniques such as tuina and gua sha, herbal medicine, reiki, shiatsu, pulse diagnosis, diet and lifestyle changes, meditation, and exercise (often in the form of qigong or tai chi).
Symptoms & conditions commonly treated by Traditional Chinese Medicine
Pain management, migraine, headaches, arthritis, sciatica, asthma, joint pain, arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain , mental clarity, focus, memory issues, depression, anxiety, insomnia, addiction (alcohol, nicotine, drugs)
Prostate, sexual dysfunction, infertility, menstrual irregularities , menstrual cramps, pms , infertility, incontinence , urinary tract infections cough, digestive problems, behavioural problems, ear infections, sleep problems
Respiratory: emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, circulatory: hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia, digestive: constipation, colitis, ibs, peptic ulcer, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, haemorrhoids, gallstones gastronintestinal: food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia, gastritis, other: fatigue, low energy, high blood pressure, parkinson’s disease, diabetes, poor circulation, high cholesterol
Relaxation, wellness management, stress management, low energy, sleep disorders