What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

understanding the pillars of our philosophy 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis and treatment. It has a history of 2,500 years and is widely used in China and throughout Europe and North America. It is a timeless bridge between ancient philosophy and meticulous observation of the body and modern disease and symptoms. 

TCM helps restore the body to health by treating the imbalances detected through Chinese diagnosis, these imbalances can go on to become the illnesses or diseases which we now know of in modern medicine. Chinese medicine uses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicines, cupping, food as therapy and even exercises like Tai Chi or Qi Gong as treatments.

The Chinese have the longest continuous medical system in the world. Although the terminology used in TCM may seem strange, it has a very real place in modern treatment. TCM developed through long term careful observation of the body, symptoms and responses to treatment creating a valuable, natural and supportive system of healing. Chinese herbs are widely researched for their positive results with many medical conditions including cancer and autoimmune diseases and acupuncture is a proven therapy for the relief of many conditions, including back pain.

TCM believes that illness and pain occur when the Qi (vital energy of the body) cannot move freely through the body. Acupuncture is a key practice of TCM, working to treat symptoms and their underlying causes by removing these blockages to restore the flow of Qi and to trigger the natural healing response. Chinese herbs, either given in their whole form, or in capsules for easy ingestion, may be given alongside acupuncture sessions or by themselves.

Chinese herbs are made from plants (no animal products are used in the UK). They can be given in their dried form, to be made into a tea or are taken in capsules in powder form. 

Dr Jess is an experienced traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, used to creating complex personalised blends of Chinese herbs for her patients. She loves the philosophy and complexity of Chinese medicine, has taught Chinese Medicine at University level, and has seen the immense healing power of the herbs which can be used to treat the whole person and all their symptoms. She applies the philosophies and tools of Chinese medicine as part of her functional medicine ethos, and has seen the results transform the lives of many of her patients. 

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