Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest systems of medicine. It is more than 3,500 years old. Much older than traditional Western medicine. TCM should not be confused with “Oriental medicine,” a catch-all phrase used to describe a set of practices developed not only in Asia but worldwide.
TCM is a standardized version of the type of Chinese medicine that was practiced before the Chinese Revolution that is based on several ancient beliefs. Another belief is that vital energy, “Qi,” flows through the body and performs multiple functions to maintain health.
Most of the chronic pain is the results of blockage or imbalance of Qi, therefore, TCM Practitioners correct or balance its flow.
TCM addresses a wide variety of health needs besides pain and migraines, including immune enhancement/disease prevention, chemical dependency, anxiety, depression, health maintenance and wellness, and rehabilitation. TCM practitioners use 5 basic methods of diagnosis in their assessments: inspection (looking), auscultation (listening), olfaction (smelling), inquiry (asking), and palpation (touching).