Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a style of traditional medicine built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy but recently also influenced by modern Western medicine.
TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.). While health is perceived as the harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in such interaction. TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other things.
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine that is based on the philosophy that vital energy flowing through the body nourishes and protects us from illness.
Acupuncture was developed based on the theory that fourteen major energy channels or meridians flow through the body. Qi or the so called vital energy travels through these meridians. Many problems in the body is believed to be coming from blockage of this energy flow in these meridians.