Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM/TKM
TCM is one of the oldest forms of medical care in the world. It began in China about 3500 years ago, not only to treat disease, injuries and pain, but to maintain health in the body. A central thought within Traditional Chinese Medicine is that all aspects of life should be in balance. One strives after this harmony within the body, within oneself – between the organs, among the meridians or channels of energy in the body. However, this balance should also be present in our relationships to one another, between man & nature, as well as the internal being and the external world. This allows a state of health to manifest within both the individual and the health of the community at large.
When one is treated within the framework of TCM, the aim is to locate the source of the illness or pain and address that directly in order to reestablish health. In other words, one addresses the root cause of the disease, rather than just treating the symptoms. Often times, one will seek treatment for a specific complaint, and find that other areas of health and wellness improve at the same time, without be “directly addressed”. When balance is reestablished, the system is often able to heal itself in profound ways.
According to TCM there exist in the body a complex network of channels of energy which are referred to as “meridians”. Within the framework of Chinese Medicine, these channels are believed to be energetically connected to, and in communication with, the inner organs. Thus, disharmony in the organs can manifest in the channels, and visa versa. This connectivity allows a TCM practitioner, through treatment of the meridians and the acupuncture points along them, to address both external and internal disharmony and disease. In addition to maintaining the right balance between the different energy systems in the body, there must also be correct relationship between the Yin & Yang and amongst the five elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Each of these concepts, and many, many more, factor into TCM diagnosis and treatments.
There is a saying in Chinese Medicine, “Yi bing tong zhi, Tong bing yi zhi – One disease, different treatments. Different diseases, one treatment”. This refers to one of the greatest strengths of TKM. Specifically, this strength is the individualized and unique assessment and diagnosis of each and every patient. Even if many people suffer from the same disorder, headaches for example, the treatment of each patient may, and often is, be quite different. Thus, through your individualized treatment we will work together to restore health, vibrancy and balance to your life.