Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has developed over a period of at least 3,000 years. It is a holistic medicine which takes into account all of the systems of the body and how they interact with one another as well as external environmental factors. Ideally, the systems and organs function together to maintain homeostasis (a healthy balance) in the body. This interconnectedness is why a TCM practitioner can almost never treat one part, or system, without affecting the whole. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners see disease as a result of the disruption of the harmonious balance of these systems.
TCM practitioners utilize a combination of therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, massage, diet modifications and exercises. Treatments are individualized for the patient depending on their unique manifestation of a disease.