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.
What does Chinese medicine treat?
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. Some conditions suitable for treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine, whether it be acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping or tui na, are listed below.
- Pain: headache, migraine, arthritis, post-operative pain
- Musculo-skeletal: low back pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia
- Neurological: sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, Bell’s palsy (facial paralysis)
- Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, common cold
- Gynaecological: premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular periods, menopause, infertility, IVF assistance
- Pregnancy: morning sickness, induction of labour
- Skin: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne
- Mental/emotional: depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia
- Paediatric: colic, constipation, diarrhoea, bed-wetting, common cold, cough, ear infections, mouth ulcers, tummy aches, teething troubles
- Gastrointestinal: nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, constipation, diarrhoea, loss of appetite
- ENT: sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, sore throat, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, Ménière’s disease
- Other: cystitis, conjunctivitis, liver disorders, high blood pressure, allergies, and many more…