Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is an amazing pathway to create the life you truly want to live, the life you were born to live. It’s a timeless bridge that can initiate and support change and growth in any and every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Through the application of TCM, it has the power to unlock your true potential and help you develop and use your own unique gifts and talents. Its insightful wisdom and ability to understand and address individual health needs empowers each person with a way to unite body, mind, and spirit—the foundation for lasting, authentic health. TCM teaches you how to live a life of balance, wellness, and harmony.
A TCM treatment involves the use of modalities including herb formulas, stimulating acupoints, dietary therapy and exercise such as tai chi and qi gong.
TCM has been around for thousands of years. Although the first recorded history of TCM dates back over two thousand years, it is believed that the origins of TCM go back more than five thousand years. According to the legends of China, there are three legendary emperors who played a significant role in history of Traditional Chinese Medicine. First, Fu Xi (around 3000 BC) who discovered the flow between heaven and earth which he embodied in the principles of yin and yang, as well as the beginning of using needles to stimulate acupoints. Second, Shen Nong (around 3000 BC) is considered as the founder of Chinese herbal medicine. Third, Huang Di (around 475-221 BC) is associated with Huang Di Nei Jing, also known as the Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor which is the earliest and most important written documentation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It lays a primary foundation for the theories of Chinese medicine which extensively summarizes and systematizes the previous experience of treatment and theories of medicine.
Four Key TCM Principles
- Your body is an integrated whole. Each and every structure in your body is an integral and necessary part of the whole. Along with your mind, emotions, and spirit, your physical body structures form a miraculously complex, interrelated system that is powered by life force, or energy.
- You are completely connected to nature. Changes in nature are always reflected in your body. TCM factors in the particular season, geographical location, time of day, as well as your age, genetics, and the condition of your body when looking at your health issues.
- You were born with a natural self-healing ability. Your body is a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm. Think about it: nature has a regenerative capacity, and so do you. Sometimes, this ability may appear to be lost or difficult to access. In most cases, it is never completely gone.
- Prevention is the best cure. Do you know your body is continually revealing signs about the state of your health? Let’s face it, it’s common to ignore these signs or symptoms until something more complicated arises. TCM teaches you how to interpret what your body is telling you.