What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest professionally and continually practiced medicine in the world. It originated in China over 2,500 years ago and is still widely used today by millions of people throughout the world, even with the development and advancement of modern day scientific medicine.

It is comprised of several different modalities, including the use of Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na (massage), Gua Sha (skin scraping), Cupping, Moxibustion (burning an herb close to pressure points on the skin), Qi Gong or Tai Chi (exercise therapy), and lifestyle or dietary recommendations.

TCM is based on the ancient Chinese perception that humans are microcosms of the larger surrounding macrocosm of the universe, interconnected with nature and subject to its many forces and changes. The human body is regarded as an organic entity in which the various organs, tissues, emotions, and physical body structures have distinct functions but are interdependent.

When one area is out of balance, the entire system becomes disharmonious. Health is perceived as a balanced interaction of the human body and the outside world, while disease or illness is interpreted as a disharmonious interaction. A patient must then receive a specific and individualized treatment to bring the body back to a stable, healthy state.

Practitioners diagnose a patient primarily by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin and eyes, examining their eating and sleeping habits, and listening to them breathe. A professional TCM practitioner will combine the different modalities, like acupuncture, Chinese herbs, massage, and dietary recommendations to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions.

TCM has been utilized for infertility, gynecological issues, acute and chronic pain, migraine headaches, sports injuries, colds and flu, allergies, skin problems, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, sciatica, depression and anxiety. Many chronic and difficult-to-treat conditions which fail to respond to other medical treatments react positively to TCM and may allow patients to completely recover.

One of the most prominent and growing conditions for which people seek TCM is infertility. Both female and male fertility issues can be quite varied and challenging to identify and treat. TCM explores the entire range of infertility causes and treats each one with specific protocols to overcome the barriers to conception.

Whether the patient suffers from ovulation factors, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, elevated FSH levels, premature ovarian failure, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancies, low sperm count, poor egg quality, recurrent miscarriage, or immunologic factors, TCM can treat and aid the body in healing, allowing for either natural or assisted conception.

TCM can be used on its own, or in conjunction with assisted reproductive technologies, like IVF or IUI, to enhance the chance of a successful conception and healthy pregnancy.

For more information on TCM and how it can help you, please contact us at www.nutureacupunture.com, or call us at 925-395-7823 for a free 30-minute consultation.

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