What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is a 3,000 year old healthcare system that includes both acupuncture and herbal medicine.  Clinical research and advancements in medical technology now allow modern medicine to better understand acupuncture and its healing effects on the body.  Today, Traditional Chinese Medicine is accepted and respected as a highly effective form of medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views a person as an energetic system in which the body and the mind are interconnected, each influencing the other.  When energy flows through the body smoothly, and without impediment, we are healthy.  If a blockage or imbalance occurs, it can result in pain or illness.  Acupuncture points are located in areas of the body that react when they are stimulated.  This reaction sends signals to the brain that stimulate the body’s natural healing response.

Although we have yet to understand the exact mechanism of acupuncture, studies have observed acupuncture’s effect on brain activity, hormone levels, blood pressure, heart rate and the immune system.

For further reading, visit The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s page.