Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated over five thousand years ago and involves the use of both acupuncture and eastern herbs.
It is based on the theory that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi, the vital life energy present in all living things. According to the TCM theory, Qi circulates in the body through twelve major energy pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems.
Acupuncture and herbs are used to stimulate or enhance the flow of Qi in certain meridians and release an excess of energy in others, therefore rebalancing the flow of energy and consequently relieving pain and restoring health. What is intriguing about this philosophic approach to medicine is that each symptom is perceived in relationship with the whole body and adjustments to an individual’s overall energy pattern are made accordingly.