Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical care system developed in China over thousands of years. It is a holistic approach to diagnoses, treatment, and prevention of disease. In TCM, there is no separation between mind and body. The interaction between mind, body, and environment is the key to physical and emotional health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine came about through more than three thousand years of clinical practice and research and is the world’s oldest medical system, still widely practised today in China and around the world.
Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is a subset of TCM and involves using natural plants, minerals, and animal products. However, TCM practitioners cannot use minerals, animal products, or endangered species. Each herb has special characteristics, and particular medical use to treat different ailments, rectify the under-activity or over-activity of Yin and Yang, and helping to restore the body to the normal physiological functions.
Usually, ours practitioners will first conduct a diagnostic consultation to detail the specific conditions, they will want to know the medications currently being taken, diet, past medical history, lifestyle, stress, etc. They will also take your pulse and examine your tongue before prescribing. A prescription is a preparation of one or several herbal products according to the principles of TCM diagnostic theory. Chinese herbs can be in the form of teas, granules, tinctures, or pills.