What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism. In China, doctors have practiced treatments based on these understandings for thousands of years, and it’s gaining popularity in many Western countries.

According to TCM, the body’s functioning and disease can be symbolically represented by five elements – fire, earth, wood, metal, and water. Harmony between two opposing and complementary forces, called yin and yang support health, and disease results when there is an imbalance between these forces. There are meridians (or channels) throughout the body and qi, a vital life energy flows through these channels to help maintain health.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture, herbs, and other treatments to help heal and prevent disease.

TCM doctors look at the balance of body, mind, and spirit to determine how to restore the yin-yang balance, the flow of qi, and good health.

TCM therapies include:

Acupuncture, which uses thin metal needles placed along the body's meridians.

Herbal medicine, combinations of herbs, roots, and powders to help restore balance in the body.

Cupping, which uses warm air in glass jars to create suction placed on areas of the body to help stimulate qi.

Tui na, massage on specific areas of the body or along the body's meridians. Moxibustion, which uses small amounts of heated plant fibre (moxa, or Chinese mugwort) on specific areas of the body.

Channels of Wellness practitioners use a variety of TCM treatments to help you feel at your best. We specialize in fertility, pain management, stress reduction, and health maintenance. We use Acugraph to assess the functioning of your meridians and provide individualized treatment plans to every client. Come experience the Channels difference.

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