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Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM is a compilation of information dating back more than 5300 years, its objective being healthcare; originally used as a preventative medicine and many years later for curing illnesses.

TCM derives from the observation on life phenomena: as with all oriental knowledge it’s an empirical knowledge, not scientific; and for that reason maybe rejected by western beliefs. However, the success of this worldwide practice are proof of its validity and relevance, as more and more people opt for this alternative; one which doesn’t carry inconvenient pharmacological side effects.

TCM considers the human body as the materialisation of energy from the cosmos, that’s to say, a microcosm inside the macrocosm: therefore everything that occurs in the universe (solar system, galaxies…), on earth (the environment, climatology, food…), and humanity (personal relationships, work relationships, coexistence…), has its effects and vice versa.

Therefore, good health is a result of the harmonious interaction of our energy with cosmic energy, earth energy, and with humanity energy. Disruption of these energy fields is the cause of ill health.

Unlike occidental medicine, TCM doesn’t fight off illness, but sees it as a sign that these energies are not in unity. With the collaboration of the patient, the main person in charge of his or her health, TCM aims to re-establish the energy balance by addressing the roots of the disunity. The symptoms disappear once the imbalance is resolved.

TCM consists of different branches, the most common being acupuncture, but moxibustion, auriculotherapy, energetic massage (Tuina), herbal remedies, and diet also make up this thousand year old medical art.