What is TCM?

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has evolved through the ages from it’s 5,000 year old classical roots. Some of its most famous medicinal texts are over 2,000 years old. In these texts, aspects of medicine are interwoven through the science, culture, and religious aspects of the ancient Chinese people. Though this type of medicine is based solely on moving energy, it is also highly logical and analytical and can fit into scientific evidence based types of medicine as well, especially in regard to its thorough herbal formulations and treatment protocols. In this way TCM can be potentially less biased than many other forms of medicine because it considers all kinds of influences to health and illness and not just one. The four main branches of TCM are Acupuncture|Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine|Whole Food Therapy, Tui Na|Cupping|Gua Sha (medical massage), and Tai Chi|Qi Gong (meditation|exercise).

Meridian modelTreating a disease that has already developed, or trying to bring order to disruptions that have already begun, is like digging a well after you’ve become thirsty, or making weapons after the battle is over.

5 elementThe twelve channels are connecting the five viscera, and the colours [natures] of the five viscera are different: the heart is red, the lung is white, the liver is green, the spleen is yellow, and the kidney is black. In the twelve channels, the colour [nature] of the channel is the same with that of the viscus it connects.

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