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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
22 Jan 2015

In west, we think medicine to be a way of dealing with disease and illness. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasizes on achieving health as well as wellbeing through cultivation of harmony within our lives.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on Chinese concept of Qi and theory of yin and yang. According to TCM, harmony brings wellbeing, health as well as sustainability and disharmony leads to disease, illness and collapse.

What is the viewpoint of TCM?

TCM is a way to look at ourselves and the world, which sees everything as a whole and considers everything in the context. This perspective is known as taking while in TCM. It is applied to everything that affects the wellbeing and health; from exercise, diet and handling stress to how we interact with friends and family, our environment and our community. Therefore, TCM not only identifies and treats illness and prevents the disease. It even optimizes the wellbeing, health as well as sustainability in our lives and in the world.

Are TCM and Oriental Medicine related?

TCM is an official form of Chinese medicine. It is practiced in China and is a system of medicine, which can be categorized under Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine is basically a term, which encompasses the wide variety of medical theories as well as applications that’s developed as well as practiced in Far East including Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan and China.

TCM is perhaps the most commonly encountered and familiar Asian medical system. It has a diverse body of literature as well as research supporting it. It is now practiced all over the world.

The origin of Traditional Chinese Medicine  

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a direct descendent of the oldest practices system of medicine in world. Its roots can be traced back to 2500 years. Since its start, Chinese medicine has developed and progressed into quite a sophisticated and rational medicine system influencing as well as being influenced by different cultures and the medicine systems of the world that it has come in contact with along its journey.  

Today, Chinese medicine still continues to develop in exciting and new ways and is used by millions of people all over the world. It is one of the most superior systems of medicine in the world.


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