Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a 3000-year-old system of medicine that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, massage and meditation, and moxibustion.
Similar to the circulatory, lymph and nervous systems, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have mapped out a very specific and complex pattern of energy channels, or meridians, that run throughout the human body. TCM focuses on identifying disharmony and imbalance in these channels that can lead to disease. TCM practitioners believe that qi (pronounced chee), vital energy or life force, travels through these meridians and can become blocked or overstimulated as a result of stress or internal emotions, environmental factors, or poor lifestyle habits (diet, addiction, lack of exercise). The goal of TCM is to restore balance and harmony to qi, creating a state of health. TCM emphasizes prevention and healthy lifestyle rather than disease intervention.