Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is a medical practice that is both an art and a science of healing. Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of healing and has a long and impressive history, going back thousands of years, of alleviating pain and helping to improve the symptoms of many chronic conditions.
TCM sees the body as an integrated whole. As all parts of the body are linked in obvious or subtle ways, disease may originate locally or in another area of the body caused by an imbalance in the whole system. The principal aim of TCM in treating the whole person is to restore equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Chinese Medicine does not treat specific diseases as such, but regards each patient as having a unique pattern of signs and symptoms that constitute a clearly identifiable syndrome or pattern of imbalance. This distinctive diagnostic approach means that each patient is treated on an individual basis.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the harmonious coexistence of yin and yang. Yin is the passive, feminine principle of nature and yang is the active, masculine principle. Despite many scientific developments and innovations, TCM philosophy and principles are still deeply rooted in the yin and yang theory, handed down through many generations of theories and practices.
Chinese Medicine is holistic and focuses on the unity of man with his environment or the harmony of yin and yang. It identifies the nature and location causing the disease through the understanding of the individual’s environment, emotional life and lifestyle. Thus, restoring the yin and yang balance will achieve harmony in the individual.
Diagnosis is based on close examination of patient’s tongue, pulse and olfaction, as well as palpation and auscultation. Careful questioning is also utilised to explore the signs and symptoms of diseases.