Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical framework which has been used as a form of primary health care in China and East Asia for thousands of years. As a health care system it incorporates acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, as well as tui na (Chinese massage), diet and lifestyle advice.
With thousands of years of practice and development, TCM possesses unique and integrated theories to treat both acute and chronic conditions from a great variety of fields. As a medical framework, TCM focuses on the prevention of illness just as much as it does on the treatment of the disease process itself.
The basic principle of TCM is the holistic concept that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony and balance in the body. More specifically, it is interested in the balance of yin and yang, as well as an abundant and free flow of qi in the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is effective in the treatment of a wide range of common and not-so-common health conditions. It can also assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. Classical texts and Canons of Chinese Medicine such as the Huangdi Nei Jing, Shang Han Lun and the Jinggui Yao Lue outline a vast number of conditions and prospective treatment principles and plans. These conditions range from muscular skeletal issues to digestive problems to issues with infertility and pregnancy as well.