What is TCM?


TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) has been developed and practiced for more than 4,000 years and is a complete medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body, working in harmony with your body’s natural healing ability.


The emphasis is on treating the whole person and seeking the root cause of illness.


Over a billion Chinese people and a quarter of the world’s population use it to maintain health and prevent illness, even after the development of modern scientific medicine.


TCM often provides relief from those conditions that western medicine finds difficult to treat, combining drug-free preventative treatments, cures for diseases and a general concern for the health and well being of the individual.

Most people associate acupuncture and Chinese herbs with TCM but they are just two of the major treatments within a comprehensive medical system.

Qi (chee) is the true foundation of TCM and is considered to be the energy that gives us the ability to move, think, feel and work.


Qi circulates along a complex system of invisible pathways known as meridians (or meridian lines) and acupuncture is used to stimulate the meridians in order to bring your Qi back into balance.


There are 6 basic functions of Qi - it transforms, transports, holds, raises, protects and warms.

The theory of Yin and Yang is also an important part of the understanding of TCM.


Yin and Yang are two complementary energies, opposites, in constant motion and interdependent on each other. Nature expresses itself in an endless cycle of opposites such as day and night, moisture and dryness, heat and cold, activity and rest.

Yin is the shadowed side
of the mountain.


Yin forces and aspects: passive,
darkness, moon, rest, female,
water, cold, winter, structure, interior,
earth, contraction, front of body

Yang is the sunny side
of the mountain.


Yang forces and aspects: energy,
light, sun, activity, masculinity,
dryness, heat, function, exterior,
sky, expansion, rear of body

The two spots on the symbol denote that both yin and yang contain the seed of its opposite which it will produce through interacting with its opposite.  These forces create a fluctuating balance in the healthy body and the aim is to allow the two to balance each other, existing harmoniously together.


According to Chinese tradition, to enable the body to function as a whole the opposing forces of Yin and Yang need to be balanced together with the Qi, blood flow, skeletal structure, muscles, tendons, skin and body fluids.