Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of medicine developed in China thousands of years ago. It is based on the idea that the processes of the body are interrelated and are constantly interacting with the environment. We look for signs of disharmony in these internal and external interactions to help understand and treat illness and disease. In Chinese medicine it is important to treat the cause of disease or illness, and not only focus on the symptoms. While we alleviate symptoms, we will also bring the body back into balance thereby stopping the root of the problem.

The first written documentation on Traditional Chinese Medicine is the Huang-Di Nei-Jing or Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Huang-Di Nei-Jing is the oldest medical textbook in the world, different opinions date the book back to between 800 BC and 200 BC. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine lays a primary foundation for the theories of Chinese medicine which extensively summarizes and systematizes the previous experience of treatment and theories of medicine, such as the meridian theory, as well as many other issues, including, physiology, pathology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, acupuncture and moxibustion, tui na etc.

More information on history, theories and the practice of TCM:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
World Health Orginization
Acupuncture Today

Information on general theories of TCM, acupuncture, points and herbs:

Sacred Lotus

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